Italy (1919-2007)

Ettore Sottsass studied architecture from 1935 to 1939 at Turin Polytechnic. In 1945, he worked for the group of architects Giuseppe Pagano, before creating his own agency – The Studio – in Milan. Starting from the year 1957, Sottsass began a collaboration with Olivetti as a consultant designer. In the middle of the 60s, he joined the Anti-design movement, launched in response to consumer society by a group of dissenting Florentine and Turinese architects and designers. In 1979 Ettore Sottsass partnered with the Alchimia studio, another group of designers of avant-garde furniture established in Milan by Alessandro Mendini and Adriana Guerriero. This group offered an offbeat vision based on the renewal of everyday’s objects. In 1981, Ettore Sottsass created his own group, the group Memphis, that he left 4 years after to focus on hiw own architecture, graphism and design agency.