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"The book is a totemic object itself. In a world where it can seem as if designers are trying to fit everything into a monochrome package the size of your hand, Sottsass is everything but that. No cardboard, indeed." – The New York Times Book Review

"Lavishly illustrated. . . cleverly designed. . . Ettore Sottsass is one of the latest great coffee table books." – BLOUIN ArtInfo

"Phillipe Thome’s new book, Ettore Sottsass, surveys the career of one of Italy’s more distinguished 20th–century designers. But "distinguished" hardly fits Sottsass’s striking yet playful output. . . " – ELLE Decor

"stunning. . . Sottsass’s work, as the book makes evident, is so vibrant and comprehensive that one feels caught in the spell of his creations." – Surface

"I have been obsessed with the Italian architect and designer Sottsass and the Memphis Group he found all my life. I love everything about Sottsass’s work – it’s modern, optimistic, humorous, functional and intelligent. The designs in this book make me feel proud to be Italian." – Donatella Versace

"The book itself stands as a piece of art, beautifully designed from the bright bifold cover to all that lays within. . . Sottsass did it all and Thome presents it in a beautiful fashion. As one of the most significant visionaries in the field, Sottsass cannot go unstudied – and with this book, it’s a delight to do so." – CoolHunting

"[Sottsass] has a quirky sculptural presence all its own and comes in a very Sottsass pistachio ice cream cover (with blink–making zebra stripe endpapers). Here is a suitable memorial to an exceptional life: eclectic, serious and detailed as well as delightful, surprising, and utterly inspiring. The production is faultless, and superlative pictures illustrate, both precisely and anecdotally, the vast range of Sottsass’s work: buildings, furniture, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, graphics, office equipment." – The Spectator (UK)


About the Author


Philippe Thome was born in Geneva in 1951. In 199l, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters by the University of Geneva, having written his thesis on the work of Ettore Sottsass. He taught history of art at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne, and history of architecture and design at ECAL (School of Art and Design, Lausanne). He currently works as an independent researcher.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714865842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714865843
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.9 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on July 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The book's promotional blurb says to "take a glimpse" at the work of Sottsass but this is so much more than a glimpse. This is seemingly the entire history of Sottsass in pictures and illustrations including photographs, sketches, architectural renderings, furniture designs, objects, and design. Often with several images on a page it's Sottsass overload. Every period of his career is covered with nothing left behind. There are full color illustrations throughout in a solid hardcover design. There are tabs dividing each major section to make it easy to jump to your favorite Sottsass period. Highly recommended.
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By patrick sito on October 4, 2014
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A stunning compilation of the work by one of the most original and prolific designers of the 20th century. The monograph is beautifully composed and crafted by Phaidon. A must-own for design aficionados!
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