Part of our collection of revived Italian homewares, this bowl was designed by the leader of the Memphis design movement, Ettore Sottsass after his first trip to NYC in 1958. Inspired by the shape of traffic lamps he saw there, the bowl would have been seen as quite unconventional at the time but, in true Sottsass style, has proven to be desirable for all times.
Material: Dishwasher-safe stoneware
Square Circle Bowls – White Pair
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) attended architecture school in Milan before working as a design consultant to the Olivetti company, an appointment which culminated the Olivetti Valentine typewriter (1969). As Sottsass moved away from pure functionalism, he became an acknowledged leader in the Anti-Design movement, which opposed “correctness” and “good taste.” In 1981, he led the Memphis movement, producing colorful, multifunctional and ambiguous pieces that broke conventional forms and poked fun at the seriousness of functional objects. His work is extensive and ranges from ashtrays, vases, to architecture and beyond.