ETTORE SOTTSASS AND THE POETRY OF THINGS BY DEYAN SUDJIC
Ettore Sottsass passed away 10 years ago, and since that time his influence on the world of contemporary design has grown and grown (where would current illustration practice be without his Memphis Group?). This new title by the director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, chronicles the life of Sottsass. Trained as an architect, Sottsass worked as a design consultant for Olivetti (and his iconic designs still make the humble typewriter look like the best way to communicate), founded the Memphis Group and managed to be one of the twentieth century's most innovative and prolific designers.
Although largely free of images, this book is an important chronicle of a unique and important designer. Oh and that cover and its use of Futura Black is just perfect.