So Sottsass: playful postmodern design

Darkroom transformed into an eye-popping and gloriously garish installation

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_ For A/W 2013, celebrated design accessories store Darkroom are excited to present their new collection for men, women, and home, with collaborations and commissions inspired by visionary Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

Darkroom is launching a playfully postmodern season based on the work of one of our longstanding design heroes, Ettore Sottsass. Collaborating with new and recognised artists and designers including Studiopepe, Spotti Edizione, Jamie Julien-Brown, Elke Kramer, Hay, Cristian Zuzunaga and Stone Theatre. Darkroom’s store on Lamb’s Conduit Street is transformed into an installation comprised of eye-popping and gloriously garish accessories for men, women, and home.



This is Sottsass with a twist, so expect a sculptural array of hand-painted laminate-style patterns, colour palettes that clash cute with crazy, and juxtaposed materials that push the boundaries between furniture and fashion, plus jewellery that double as objets d’art, and textiles, pillows, stationery and bags.

Visionary and contrary, throughout his life Sottsass worked across many disciplines, and his influence can be found everywhere from high fashion to office furniture in the second half of the 20th century. From the iconic Valentine typewriter for Olivetti, to the subversively kitschy furniture of the Memphis group, Sottsass enlivened the functionality of ordinary objects, while pushing the boundaries of current tastes and creating new paradigms for future design.

For the So Sottsass season, Darkroom is drawing on the designer’s bright and playful palette from his time with the legendary Memphis Group, and we also find inspiration from the rough-edged modernism of his early ceramics and glassworks, hewn with an eye for structural simplicity and a penchant for wistful futurism.

 




 

Photo © Jess Bonham

 

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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