Artist/Designer: Ettore Sottsass
b. 1917 Innsbruck, Austria - 2007 Milan, Italy
Title: Presentation Drawing for Rucola Plate 1985
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper.
Dimensions: Framed 19.25" x 19.25"
Details: Proposal for ceramic collection for Bloomingdale's. Plates were then produced in a special production run of fewer than 100. Printed on bottom of plate: Memphis/Milano, Bloomingdale's, Made in Italy by FLAVIA, Designed by ETTORE SOTTSASS. This design is in production today labeled only Memphis/Milano.
Notes from the Archive: In September 1985, Bloomingdale's in New York opened "Ecco L'Italia," a seven-week event that featured Italy's classic and modern designs in everything from fashion to home furnishings. The New York Times called the enterprise "A Celebration Con Brio of Italian Creativity." The more than 1700 individuals who attended the festive, black-tie opening included famous designers from Italy and beyond, including Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice, Aldo Cibic, Emilio Pucci, Michael Graves, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli. "Ecco La Casa" was the title of a series of model rooms included a striking design by Memphis designer and member of Sottsass Associati Aldo Cibic, which was furnished with Memphis furnishings, wallpaper and rugs. Memphis ceramics were featured in a special display in the gift department and included production versions of the Rucola, Indivia and Lettuce plates, the Celery and Tomato trays, the Carrot and Cucumber vases, and the Broccoli Bowl.
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