Ettore Sottsass

Galerie C.T. Loo & Cie

Two and a half years after his giant retrospective-cum-autobiography conceived for the Forum of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Ettore Sottsass, the one-man-band of Italian design, returned to Paris with a more contemplative mini-exhibit of furniture entitled “Mémoires de Chine” (Memories of China). This collection of unique pieces (nine to date, with more to come) is quintessentially Sottsass in its mix of form and function—tabletops patterned like paintings, storage units in complex sculptural shapes, and towering wardrobe cabinets that impose themselves like architecture. Typical as well is the point-counterpoint between natural and industrial materials and the confrontation of traditional and modern cultures that this implies: a stereo unit in exotic wood with a stainless-steel CD rack; a table base of marble and painted steel; a “multipurpose” cabinet with polished ebony doorknobs and

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