berlin: ettore sottsass - the 1950s + olivetti connection

© galerie hans-peter jochum - sofa by ugo sissa [1940]

ettore sottsass is one of italy's greatest design gurus. although originally trained as an architect, he gained global fame through his industrial design. in 1959 sottsass started working as a design consultant for olivetti, an italian company that started out as a manufacturer of typewriters. currently on in berlin are two parallel exhibitions that shed light on sottsass' close working relationship with this firm. galerie hans-peter jochum [1] stages olivetti connection, an elaborate showcase featuring furniture designed by olivetti for some of the most prestigious names of italian design, such as studio bbpr, gae aulenti and marco zanuso. these designs tremendously helped to build the olivetti brand and its corporate identity. in 1940 painter and architect ugo sissa designed the furnishing and interior of the olivetti library and publishing house at its homebase in ivrea. from that ensemble, the gallery will display the radically minimal sofa and side table, in addition to two painted wooden doors by studio bbpr, which belonged to the livingroom of one of the designers.

the gallery's second location [2] features furniture from studio bbpr's spazio and arco lines, and items from the synthesis line by ettore sottsass. galerie ulrich fiedler [3] hosts ettore sottsass - the 1950s, an exhibition entirely dedicated to sottsass' earliest work from the late 1940s, a period in his career that has remained relatively unknown. on display are the designer's commissioned works for casa astrua in turin from 1955 [on through jun 4]. location [1]: knesebeckstrasse 54 [charlottenburg]. location [2]: bleibtreustrasse 41 [charlottenburg]. location [3]: charlottenstrasse 68 [mitte].

© galerie ulrich fiedler - low table, newspaper rack and vignelli lamps by ettore sottsass for casa astrua [1955]