The freedom of Sottsass’s Totems

Ettore Sottsass, totem, ceramica, Bitossi

Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) designed his ceramic Totems in the 1950s; in those same years, he also worked for Olivetti, which thanks to him would launch Italy’s first computer in 1959, the “Elea 9003”.

Sottsass had a versatile approach that allowed him to never stop making art: after a trip to India, he created his “Ceramics of Darkness” and “Ceramics to Shiva” in the first half of the 1960s.

His Totems – for Bitossi – are further testimony of how he freely shifted from art to industrial design and back.

August 25, 2014