Wednesday, January 02, 2008
From the International Herald Tribune: "Ettore Sottsass, an éminence grise of postmodern design who helped found the influential Memphis Group and was responsible for the familiar bright red plastic Olivetti typewriter, died Monday at his home in Milan. He was 90." Read the IHT obituary by Robin J. Pogrebin here. The Design Museum has an excellent overview of his career here. Shown above is the iconic Valentine portable typewriter Sottsass designed for Olivetti in 1969 (collection of the Design Museum, London).