The Sense of Things
The Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007) remains one of the uncontested greats of contemporary design. With his maxim, “form follows function”, from the late 1950s he revolutionized the use of forms and colours, paving the way for a radically new understanding of design. For over three decades, Sottsass worked with Olivetti as an independent industrial designer. His portable pop typewriter “Valentine” has become a design classic. The famous Memphis group, co-founded by Sottsass in 1981, was the embodiment of “new design”, decisively shaping contemporary avant-garde ideas.
Sottsass’s oeuvre has been a seminal influence for decades. His innovative spirit and curiosity, embracing all aspects of life, were driving forces behind the architecture and design of this extraordinary enfant terrible. The work of Ettore Sottsass is represented in the world’s most important museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris.
This film journey to the Sottsass planet is in two parts, via Zürich, Milan, Filicudi (Aeolian Islands), to Venice (Murano), Lanaken (Belgium) and Ridgeway, Colorado (USA).