A cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces

BD Barcelona's allusive-vases in Limited Edition

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A cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces
21/11/2014 - BD Barcelona presents a gold limited-edition of Shiva Vase, one of the Postmodernist Icons designed by Ettor Sottsass.

The Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass was one of the first to collaborate with BD Barcelona back in the 70’s, 10 years before he became famous on a worldwide scale with the mythic Memphis group. That’s when Sottsass travelled regularly to Barcelona and produced various designs for the Catalan editor.

The first one was a table baptised with the name ‘Mettsass’ in 1972. He followed with an ash tray called “Manhattan” in ceramic and a glass vase called “Element of Architecture”, a lamp “Knossos” and another ceramic vase in pink, baptised with the name “Shiva”. 

It was in 1973 when BD had just been inaugurated and he symbolised it with a modern piece of fertility. The master’s genius and committed character were imprinted on the original catalogue for this iconic piece, which BD continues to produce even today. In 2005, two years before Sottsass’ death, a gold prototype was made and was an award for an international competition for students of design. This is the very same one that Sottsass holds in his portrait. Shiva in gold version has also been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 50 units.

“...I continue to produce small, small, small architectures, such as this ceramic piece, for example, a little like monuments, a little like tombs, a little like the abandoned temples of the gods, a little like the ruins of the ancient and unknown civilization in which something –the say– was known; it is said that they understood the axes, the curves, the intersections, perhaps even the causation of the courses of the cosmic bodies, along which each day slide the private vertices of the atoms that make up our fragile flesh and blood” Ettor Sottsass.

BD Barcelona on Archiproducts.comA cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces

A cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces

A cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces

A cross between Symbol and Icon: Shiva by Sottsass becomes Gold in just 50 pieces

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