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Carlton Room Divider

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Carlton Room Divider

Artwork Details


Ettore Sottsass Jr., (Italian, 1917-2007), designer
Memphis, Milan, 1981-1988, manufacturer




Plastic laminate and medium-density fiberboard

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77 x 74 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches


On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 420


Italian architect-designer Ettore Sottsass’s philosophy was that design should enrich the human condition through color, form, and personal experience. The Milan-based design group Memphis, founded by Sottsass in 1981, championed his characteristically exuberant use of color and evocative forms—exemplified by the Carlton room divider—calling for “a new way of imagining everyday objects, for a different outlook on life.” Breaking from limitations of mid-twentieth-century modernist theory with its playful, lively designs, the global success of Memphis was the catalyst for postmodern international design.


Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Trust and funds raised by David G. Hayes

Image Copyright

Courtesy Sottsass Associati EEIG, Milan © 2011 Ettore Sottsass