Since Ettore Sottsass himself had commissioned Richard Hutten to design this chair, it became a tribute to the Maestro under the new NGispeN label.
Currently (until the end of March 2009) the Centre Pompidou in Paris runs a tribute to Ettore Sottsas, who is mainly known as The Olivetti Designer, but who has also some chairs in his name. I took photos of these two.
Unique Biedermeier sofa, 1982
Plastic laminate-covered wood, painted tubular metal, fabric. 47 1/2 x 85 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (120.7 x 217.8 x 60.3 cm) Underside signed in pencil PROTOTIPO Together with a copy of the certificate of authenticity from Ettore Sottsass.
Oh, Ettore Sottsass, how you are loved and missed. In 1981, with the launch of his Memphis Group, Sottsass pursued one of my favorite obessions â€“ the often rocky and incestuous relationship between high and low brow. He effectively put a nail in the coffin of generally accepted 1970s idea of “good taste” (ie, boring). Though Memphis and its legion of young Italian designers imploded by the end of the decade, its impact is still relevant 25-plus years later. In 2007, before passing away at the age of 90, Sottsass (a longtime champion of the 1006 NavyÂ® Chair) collaborated with aluminum chair manufacturers Emeco to unleash his final design: the Nine-0 Collection.
Via Design Withins Reache’s blog: Design Notes: Talking Sottsass in San Francisco.
Archetype exhibition featuring work from Ettore Sottsass at Friedman Benda