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preview now through the 5th of June - auction June 6th.

Ettore Sottsass’s Del Diavolo Mirror above is just one of several thoughtfully curated pieces in WRIGHT’s exclusive Important Design Auction June 6th. Richard Wright’s 30 years of experience has made the Chicago Auction House the ‘go to’ for collectors cultivating an extensive collector base specializing in design and art of the 20th century. Material Lust got the opportunity to go INSIDE with Richard Wright as he prepares for auction day.

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vase, model no. y34, from the ‘yantra series,’ 1970


In the late 1960s Ettore Sottsass identified with design as an 'instrument of social criticism, paving the way to the season of radical design and the assertion of the need for a new aesthetic.' Memphis then emerged at the end of 1980 around its central figure, Sottsass, disregarding all academic convention and substantially influencing design. “The prevalent criterion for design was no longer the ability to solve technical problems, but rather the object’s capacity for communication. It was necessary to confront the multiplicity of Postmodern styles in order to capture the Zeitgeist in a fast-paced, experimental design idiom.” via.