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Mettsass Relaunch

Ettore Sottsass' iconic design is resurrected after 40 years

by James Thorne in Design on 16 April 2012

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To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Barcelona Design has just relaunched "Mettsass", a table design by Ettore Sottsass from 1972. The original table marks both BD's inaugural year as well as Sottsass's first design for the company, which would be followed by the "Manhattan" ashtray and "Shiva" vase. Going on to found the Memphis Group, Sottsass's early work bears the hallmark bright monochrome and rigid minimalism that would dominate the collective's unmistakable style.

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"Mettsass" is representative both of Sottsass' search for what he calls "sensual and exciting" design and BD's celebration of creativity following the end of Franquist repression. The structure itself is made from flat sheets of steel and a glass top, both of which are painted with a gloss finish. The base and surface are composed of pyramid structures with support coming from a rectangular column. A testament to Sottsass' superlative eye, the table remains as fresh and provocative today as it did during its debut 40 years ago.

"Mettsass" can be found at Salone del Mobile Milano, Stand 39, Pavilion 16.

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