Abet Laminati celebrates the centenary of Ettore Sottsass’s birth

14 September 2017

On this year’s centenary of Sottsass’s birth, Abet Laminati pays tribute to the Italian architect and designer who collaborated with the company for over 40 years, by participating in two main events as merchandise and main partner: the exhibition ‘Ettore Sottsass. There is a Planet’ and the documentary ‘Il treno di Sottsass’ (‘Sottsass’s train’).

‘Ettore Sottsass. There is a Planet’ (15 September 2017 – 11 March 2018) is the title that Triennale Design Museum has given to the exhibition, to pay tribute to one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The monographic retrospective puts Sottsass’s work within a selection of nine themes and highlights his artistic path, which he paved with commitment and his versatile, wide activity: architecture, illustration, design, photography, painting, objects, furniture, sculptures, glasses, potteries, editorial and writing works.

On the same day of the exhibition preview at Triennale, as well as of Sottsass’s birth (September 14), on Sky channel 120 at 9.15 pm, SkyArte HD will air the documentary ‘Il treno di Sottsass’ – a SkyArte HD and 3D Produzioni production, in collaboration with Abet Laminati.

The documentary film illustrates in little less than an hour Ettore Sottsass’s life and work not only from his personal point of view, but also through interviews with some of his friends and colleagues including Arata Isozaki, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, and wife Barbara Radice, the woman with whom Sottsass spent over 30 years.

The documentary presents to the audience a complete overview of Sottsass’s graphic work, including writings, illustrations and his great interest in laminate: a specific material that he could employ for his works thanks to the meeting with Abet Laminati, which marked one of the longest and most culturally rich collaborations in design history.


“Ettore Sottsass – There is a Planet”

SkyArte HD


Photo Credit: Gianluca Di Ioia, courtesy Triennale Design Museum