Ettore Sottsass: Monographic Exhibition at La Triennale di Milano


No doubt, if you hear “Italian Design”, tons of lamps, sofas and tables will drop down from the attic of your memory. And perhaps amongst all these objects, new and classic, there also will be the legendary, a little bulky and very colorful Carlton room divide, or bookcase, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981. This work, that stands out more like a sculpture than a piece of furniture, is one of those objects that you can come across just anywhere: on the pages of design magazines, stores, museums and at homes of people with a very Italian taste. A piece costs almost 14,000 euro, just for the record.

If you have no idea what Carlton is, no worries. At La Triennale di Milano,  you can visit “ETTORE SOTTSASS - THERE IS A PLANET” exhibition celebrating the century of birth of the famous designer and one of the most influential figures of the last century. It showcases dozens of Sottsass’s works that span from furniture to photography, graphics and writings.

Besides intriguing Carlton, you will spot many other living scenarios and singular designs featuring seemingly random interplay of solids, materials and colors. All having a provocative nature, unique personality and a playful mood.

Maria Novozhilova


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