Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Armchair - Westside Lounge
  • Westside Lounge
    Sottsass, Ettore Jr, born 1917 - died 2007
  • Enlarge image

Westside Lounge

  • Object:

    Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (designed)
    1983 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sottsass, Ettore Jr, born 1917 - died 2007 (designer)
    Knoll Studio (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Foam, with wool upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Knoll International

  • Museum number:

    W.20-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The primary colours and simple form, recalling toy bricks, associate this chair with furniture that Ettore Sottsass designed for the firm Memphis in the early 1980s. Memphis was the first to introduce garish colours and non-traditional shapes which defined 1980s post-modern design. Postmodernism rejected the purity and severity of functionalist modernism by reintroducing wit and excess to design.

The chairs were available in a number of colours and could be tailored to fit client specifications. This chair is from the 'Westside' collection which included a lounge chair, a sofa, settee and a Central Park Table. They were designed to be used in offices, lounge areas and the home.

Physical description

Foam armchair in a geometric form, with wool upholstery in yellow, red and black.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1983 (designed)
1983 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Sottsass, Ettore Jr, born 1917 - died 2007 (designer)
Knoll Studio (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Foam, with wool upholstery

Dimensions

Height: 74 cm, Width: 99 cm, Depth: 71 cm

Descriptive line

Armchair, model Westside Lounge, designed by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by the Knoll Studio. Italian, 1983.

Labels and date

ARMCHAIR: WESTSIDE LOUNGE
Designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, born 1917)
Manufactured by Knoll Studio (a division of Knoll International), 1983
Foam with wool upholstery
W.20-1990
The primary colours and simple form, recalling toy bricks, associate this chair with furniture designed by Sottsass for Memphis in the early 1980s. Memphis was the first to introduce garish colours and iconoclastic shapes which defined 1980s postmodern design. Postmodernism rejected the purity and severity of funcitionalist modernism by reintroducing wit and excess to design.

Given by Knoll International. [pre March 2001]

Materials

Foam rubber; Wool

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.