Ettore Sottsass, Jr. - Design New York Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Ronald T. Labaco, Ettore Sottsass: Architect and Designer, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, London, 2006, p. 21 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips would like to thank Roberta Meloni, of the Centro Studi Poltronova per il Design, for her assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    The present lot is the "Tranquilla" version of the Barbarella desk, which lacks the aluminum studs found in the "Buona" version. The production of the present example dates to the late 1980s/early 1990s, when "Barbarella" appeared in the Poltronova catalogue for a few years. This later production was in fact executed by the same carpenter who had been working for Poltronova since the 1960s; in terms of materials, hardware, and construction, it is identical to the earlier production.


"Barbarella" desk, "Tranquilla" version

designed 1964-1965, executed circa 1990
Cherry-veneered wood, laminate-covered wood, brass.
50 3/4 x 43 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. (128.9 x 110.5 x 38.7 cm)
Manufactured by Poltronova, Agliana, Italy.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $8,750

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New York Auction 6 June 2018