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Ettore Sottsass at Over the Influence

On view: January 12–February 2, 2020

The Memphis Design Group is known for furniture with irreverent bold colors, graphic lines, and playful compositions. Founded by Italian designer Ettorre Sottsass, the movement was an irreverent redux of Modernist design. In the Arts District downtown, Over the Influence has partnered with Friedman Benda to present a stunning array of objects from the seminal designer. Gorgeous cabinets house off-kilter shelving with an impeccable finish.  Vases made of stacked ceramic rectangles in unthinkable colorways give way to a room filled with wildly-colored glasswares. Even if you’re not a design buff, this exhibition insists on the gravitas of craft, form, color, and invention.