We like early work of the famous Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007) very much. Sottsass is a big name in postmodern design movement. But his work from the late 1940s and 1950s is the amazing example of organic modernist approach similar to work of the finest Italian decorators and designers of those days such as Carlo Mollino, Carlo Graffi and Franco Campi, Angelo Lelli, Gino Sarfatti and many others. About Sottsass`s modernist work you can read in one of our article in OKOLO Next Step magazine too.
As a small preview for our print article in Next Step we publish here our own illustration of one of the most free-forms designs by Sottsass in 1950s. This wall-mounted vase represents the typical organic formal thinking of early Sottsass. The object was designed for Italian company Rinovel for which designer created many similar domestic designs, such as magazine holder, vase or umbrella stand. The design shows period passion for organic forms and 1950s abstract sculpture, kinetic art and painting. The vase made out of brass and plastic is the functional object, as well as small domestic sculpture.