Ultrafragola Mirror

Ultrafragola Mirror

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Ettore Sottsass designed the Mobili Grigi series of full bedroom and living room furnishings for Poltronova, which debuted at the third edition of Eurodomus in 1970.

The Ultrafragola mirror/lamp is a part of this collection, with a sinuous profile that evokes long, wavy hair. All of the models were scrapped after the prototype stage except for Ultrafragola.

Is it not the case that tombs always have a trembling light to illuminate the blue of the souls walking in the valley of dust, as evidenced by the lights emanating from "The grey furniture"? Don't submarines have a green light that quivers while they're submerged?

Whatever the case may be, the lights are meant to emanate from the fiberglass bodies, much like the ever-glowing white skin of a breast or the ever-glowing red head of a penis in pornographic nights; by this, I mean the lights of the Japanese glow worm, which transform the darkness of the night into tangible substance.

Ettore Sottsass jr.

Born in Innsbruck in 1917, Ettore Sottsass jr. earned his degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Torino in 1939.

In 1946, he began his career at the magazine "Domus," and two years later, in 1947, he established his own architecture and design firm in Milan.

After joining Olivetti as a consultant in 1958, he went on to win four Compasso d'Oro awards for his work there. For twenty years beginning in 1967, he served as art director at Poltronova in Agliana.

During that time, he designed a number of products for the company, including the Mobili Grigi and Ultrafragola collections shown at Eurodomus in 1970. Young Radical Vanguard like Archizoom Associati, Superstudio, UFO, and Gianni Pettena would all be congregating at Poltronova.

In 1978 and 1979, he was a member of Studio Alchimia, an early example of producer designers created by Alessandro and Adriana Guerriero. In 1981, he established the design studio Memphis and the architectural firm Sottsass Associati alongside Zanini, Thun, Cibic, and Grawunder.

Among the many foreign honors earned in the 1990s was a title of "Honorary Doctor" from the London Royal College of Art in 1996. It wasn't long into the new millennium before the prestigious Centro Studi Poltronova for il Design, run by Roberta Meloni, beckoned him back.

It was the tenth anniversary of his death and the centennial of his birth in 2017, therefore major shows were held all over the world in his honor.