Ettore Sottsass/Memphis Wood, 1981
This cabinet was designed by the Austrian architect Ettore Sottsass (b 1917). After the Second World War he worked in Milan on the reconstruction of the city. Sottsass is an excellent product designer and he also worked for Olivetti, the typewriter company, at this time. After visiting India during the 1960s, he became interested in 'Pop' culture and was influenced by symbolic design and Indian mysticism. In 1981, Sottsass led several Milan based designers to form the group known as Memphis.