all images courtesy of exite.ism
Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) of Italy and Shiro Kuramata (1934-91) of Japan, both of whom have had far-reaching impacts on industrial design in their respective countries and beyond, are posthumously reunited in this retrospective of their work.
The show, which not only provides tons of eye candy for fans of the post-modernist approach to industrial design, examines the relationship between the 2 men, which began suddenly in 1981 coinciding with the founding of Sottsass’ “Memphis Group.” Although clear stylistic differences can be immediately recognized, the 2 men shared an underlying theme and ideaology, which begins to emerge as you progress through the exhibit.
Not familiar with Shiro Kuramata? Check out our post on him we wrote back in ’08.
One of the major highlights of the exhibit are 20 never-before-seen works by Sottsass, recreated based on drawings, specifically for this show.