Cartier Design Viewed

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Random House Incorporated, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 45 pages
The original designs are not displayed, but are featured in the scenography as huge photographic enlargements that, for Ettore Sottass, conjure up the "idea" or "thought: " behind the object. Nevertheless, he felt it was important that the catalogue reflect the jeweler's graphic world. this book contains a selection of designs chosen in synergy with the layout of the exhibition. The combination of actual-size reproductions with enlargements makes it possible to see the act of creation, circumscribed by the ratio of I and the correct proportions it generates, in close relation to the graphic or pictorial technique, which monumentalizes the object or piece of jewelry - thereby mirroring Ettore Sottass' architectural vision. The pieces chosen showcase production drawings that illustrate the unique relationship between design and material. All designs reproduced here are from the Cartier Paris Archives.

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About the author (2002)

Ettore Sottsass was born in Austria in 1917 and completed his architectural studies in Turin, Italy in 1939. In 1981 he set up the famed Memphis design group with colleagues, friends, and renowned architects. Sottsass was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at the Royal College of Art in London, and a design prize by the Brooklyn Museum in New York (1996).

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