New York-based Friedman Benda Gallery, that has in the past exhibited the works of Ron Arad and Joris Laarman and is a big presence at the Design Miami event every year, presents Archetypes, the second in a series of exhibitions devoted to the limited edition and rare works of legendary Italian designer Ettore Sottsass who died last year at the age of 90. Archetypes that will run until June 21, features glass, marble and furniture made between 1965-95.
Sottsass, known for his radical 80s Memphis Movement and the iconic Valentinetypewriter he created for Olivetti, gave design a unique dimension that goes beyond the conventional approach towards universal ideas and mundane objects. The architect-designer was fascinated by American pop art and often expressed his disdain at the clinical post-modern rationalism that favoured function over form.
The exhibition will include a number of iconic and metaphorical works including the well-known Nefertiti desk (1968), Superbox cabinet (1968), the rare Flying Carpet armchair (1972) and Le Strutture Tremano side table (1979). Also on view will be a group of bookcases and rarely seen glass sculptures from the early 90s.
If you are heading to ICFF this month, check out this truly rare exhibition that runs until June 21st at Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th Street, NYC. tel: 212 239 8700