Italian designer and founder of the Memphis movement, Ettore Sottsass is widely known for his expressive furniture and futuristic, sometimes goofy visions of everyday objects. On paper, Sottsass’s aesthetic is equally vanguard, as seen
in his 1971 gouache-and-ink drawing Preliminary Project for Microenvironment, Element for Landscape Home. Recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the sketch is emblematic of a design movement still holding sway over the furniture and interiors of today.
February 6, 2014