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Superbox Wardrobe

Ettore Sottsass, Italian (born Austria), 1917–2007
Poltronova, Montale, Italy, founded 1957
Plastic laminate on particle board
Made in
Montale, Italy, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 130
78 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (199.4 x 80 x 80 cm)
Credit Line
The Marjorie Wyman Endowment Fund
© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / ADAGP, Paris
Object Number
A simple rectangular wardrobe achieves a ritual significance when enlarged and adorned with graphic red and white stripes. Ettore Sottsass, the influential Italian designer who later founded the design group Memphis in 1981, developed his “Superboxes” as part of a limited-edition furniture series. Drawing on the spirit of contemporary artistic movements, this functional sculpture, meant to be displayed in the center of the room, is Sottsass’s cheeky “altarpiece for the domestic liturgy.”
1968 - 2004
Manufactured by Poltronova (Sergio Cammilli), Montale, Italy

2004 -
Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY, USA, purchased from Poltronova (Sergio Cammilli) [1]

2005 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY [2]

Provenance supplied by the dealer, as recorded below.

[1] The wardrobe was owned by Sergio Cammilli, the founder of Poltronova, from whom it acquired by Barry Friedman, per telephone conversation with assistant curator David Conradsen, recorded in email correspondence to SLAM staff, dated June 14, 2005 [SLAM document files].

[2] Invoice dated May 13, 2005. [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 30, 2005.
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