7 Shades of Black

 

Thanks so much to the very talented Soraan Latif for an interview with his Seven Shades of Black Magazine!  

From their site:  Seven Shades of Black is a digital arts and music magazine founded in 2011 based in London, UK.  

I am also honored to be included in the 7 Shades Network. 

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Sottsass

I am extremely excited for Phaidon's new release, Sottsass, and I am very honored to have my homage to Sottsass on their site:


Sottsass is available for pre-order on Phaidon's site, and I can only imagine how good it would look on the Carlton bookcase.

  Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Thomé

Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Thomé

      Carlton Room Divider / Bookcase , Ettore Sottsass, 1981    Wood, Plastic Laminate, 194.9 x 189.9 x 40 cm 

 

Carlton Room Divider / Bookcase, Ettore Sottsass, 1981

Wood, Plastic Laminate, 194.9 x 189.9 x 40 cm 


If you would like to know more about Ettore Sottsass, there is a great video by Emeco called, The Life and Times of Ettore Sottsass, which briefly discusses Sottsass' influences from giving technology a personality, like Olivetti's Valentine Typewriter, being inspired by the bright colors of India, to his redesign of Emeco's Navy Chair.  

  Olivetti Valentine Portable Typewriter, 1969

Olivetti Valentine Portable Typewriter, 1969


For information on Sottsass' inspiration from India, there is a wonderful article by Françoise Dorget and published by Architectural Digest, that discusses the influence of architectural delights from the city Tiruvannamalai in Southern India.

  Photo by   Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

Photo by Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

  Photo by   Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

Photo by Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

  Photo by   Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

Photo by Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

  Photo by   Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr

Photo by Vincent Leroux via www.admagazine.fr


  Nine-0 Stacking Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Emeco, via Design Within Reach

Nine-0 Stacking Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Emeco, via Design Within Reach


  via www.woont.com

via www.woont.com



If I lived in Ettore Sottsass' Neighborhood

I am honored that my new project, "If I lived in Ettore Sottsass' Neighborhood", was featured on my favorite design site, It's Nice That!  I am drawn to Memphis for its use of bright colors, squiggly lines, asymmetrical shapes, and its sense of humor.   To read the article please visit, It's Nice That.

 

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. In Italy in 1981, Sottsass and some fellow designers and architects founded the Memphis Group named after Bob Dylan's song, "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again".


Nathalie Du Pasquier was a founding member of the Memphis group, and is known for her ingenious pattern designs that are colorful, explosive, and exuberant.  


Ettore Sottsass' Tahiti Lamp is made fro inexpensive materials like plastic and metal, but the creativity of its unconventional bird-like character is considered a symbol of the entire Memphis Movement.  Its style is polar opposite from the rationalism of the 1970s, and lead to Memphis being described as a mix between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price. 



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Memphis patterns and shapes are undeniably linked to the 1980s.  The shapes of the pieces were exuberant and colorful.  Pieces featured sharp angles and interesting curves.


Martine Bedin designed The Super Lamp, which was inspired by her childhood travels.  When Sottsass first saw the drawing, he asked her to explain it.  She talked about wanting to design furniture she could take with her.  "I can carry it behind me like a dog", she said.  



Poster Poster

I am extremely honored to be featured on Poster Poster's Poster Monday!  Poster Poster is a website that celebrates all things poster, including interviews with masters and happenings around the world.  In addition to being the site's founders, Christopher Scott, Natalia Delgado, and Pablo Di Firma, are talented poster artists as well.  

http://www.posterposter.org/