19.10.2017 Galerie Downtown #design

François Laffanour puts Ettore Sottsass in the spotlight

Until 30 October, François Laffanour honours a great name in design from the second half of the 20th century: Ettore Sottsass. An exhibition which, not by chance, coincides with the dates of the FIAC 2017, a 44th edition which included in its exhibitors five galleries dedicated to design including the Downtown – Laffanour gallery. While François Laffanour presented the works of Ron Arad and Ettore Sottsass on stand 0.D46, it was in the gallery rue de Seine that one had to go to (re)discover the extent of his creativity. Among the pieces in the exhibition, the famous “Ultrafragola light mirror” from 1970 or the radical “Totem monumental” attracted the attention of India Mahdavi or Charles Zana at the inauguration on 19 October. Radicality, but also humour, is what constitutes Ettore Sottsass’s work, which has been part of the Radical Design movement since the 1960s. François Laffanour’s selection and staging highlight the richness of Sottsass’s work, from modular furniture to ceramics. After the visit, the evening continued with a private dinner at the Alcazar.

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