Austrian, born in 1917, Ettore Sottsass has linked his name to some of the most popular design pieces of twentieth century Europe. Four Olivetti typewriters are just the tip of the creativity iceberg which culminated – in 1981 – in the birth of Memphis, one of the most significant movements in the history of Italian design. During his career he was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for Culture and Art (2005) and the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Son of art (his father, Ettore Sottsass senior, was an influential architect), began his career in 1947 in Milan, where he opened his first studio. His academic training as an architect, over the years, has received a major contamination after meeting with key members of the visual arts, as Luigi Spazzapan and James Irvine. To his talent, put over the years available to Brionvega, in 1994 and 2003 were two solo shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.