Artist: Ettore Sottsass
Auction: 3.00 PM (CET)
On December 5, Christie’s Paris invites collectors and enthusiasts to celebrate the genius of Ettore Sottsass, by offering the twenty-two majestic glass and marble sculptures the iconic Italian designer conceived for the Millennium House.
In 1998, the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, was commissioned with an exceptional project, fashioned by the extraordinary mind of a private collector : the Millennium House.
The design of this ambitious private housing complex was to be completed by the most important artists of the time, to celebrate the new Millennium. Ron Arad, John Pawson, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio, Tom Dixon, Achille Castiglioni or David Hockney, to name a few, were each asked to envision a specific space within the building.
Ettore Sottsass was selected to design the Reception Room, a grand space for which he conceived a phenomenal group of twenty-two monumental glass and marble sculptures. Executed in between 1999 and 2005 by Gino Cenedese & Figlio in Murano, this group is the culmination point of Sottsass’ work on glass, following several decades of experimentation. Exhibited in 2017, at the occasion of Ettore Sottsass : The Glass, the broad retrospective organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, this iconic commission appears today for the very first time on the market.
“I’ve tried to get away from the everyday object and sought to make Glass works with a capital G.”
Ettore Sottsass (quoted in Francesca Appiani, Design interviews, Ettore Sottsass, Museo Alessi, Edizioni Corraini, 2007, p. 53.)