Carlton Room Divider

A work made of wood and colored plastic laminate (formica).
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of wood and colored plastic laminate (formica).

Date:

1981

Artist:

Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Jr.
Italian, born Austria, 1917-2007
Manufactured by Memphis Furniture, S.R.L.
Milan, Italy, founded 1981

About this artwork

The collective Memphis sparked a revolt in the design world in 1981 with the launch of a collection combining bold geometries and wild patterns with banal materials like aluminum and Formica. One of the most striking pieces was Ettore Sottsass’s Carlton Room Divider, a bookshelf and cabinet that combines different colors of plastic laminate in a tiered, anthropomorphic form that seems to recall the head and arms of an ancient idol or totem. This famous piece also derives from Sottsass’s early work in the 1960s designing large laminate scultpures, or Superboxes, for the firm Poltronova.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Ettore Sottsass (Designer)

Title

Carlton Room Divider

Origin

Milan

Date

1981

Medium

Wood and colored plastic laminate (formica)

Dimensions

194.3 x 189.8 x 40 cm (76 1/2 x 74 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the 1984 North Italian Trip Fund

Reference Number

1984.1035

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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