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Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass, (born Sept. 14, 1917, Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary), is an Italian industrial designer who brought bold colors, contemporary style, and ironic wit to everyday items, creating strikingly postmodern furniture, electronic gear, and domestic accessories. Sottsass graduated (1939) in architecture from the Turin (Italy) Polytechnic, and after his World War II military service, he settled in Milan, where he was commissioned to design furniture for postwar public housing. In the early 1980s he founded the Memphis Group of international postmodern designers and architects.