ABOUT | ETTORE SOTTSASS
Ettore Sottsass (born in Austria on 14th September 1917 – dead in Milan on 31st December 2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. His body of work included furniture, jewellery, glass, ceramic, lighting, home objects and office machine design, as well as many buildings and interiors.
In 1958, Sottsass was hired by Adriano Olivetti as a design consultant for Olivetti, to design electronic devices and develop the first Italian mainframe computer, the Elea 9003 for which he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1959. While continuing to design for Olivetti in the 1960s, Sottsass developed a range of objects which were expressions of his personal experiences traveling in the United States and India.[These objects included large altar-like ceramic sculptures and his “Superboxes”, radical sculptural gestures presented within a context of consumer product, as conceptual statements.