Friday, November 20, 2009

Issey Miyake X Ettore Sottsass Collector's Bottle

In the year 1997, Italian free-spirited designer, Ettore Sottsass had a chance meeting with Issey Miyake resulting in Miyake requesting Sottsass to create a bottle to hold his now famous L'eau d'Issey fragrance.

Sottsass, who passed away 2 years ago, was one of pillars of italian design. He's best known as the founder of the Memphis movement in the 80's and for his work with people such as Olivetti, Esprit, Poltronova, Knoll International and Alessi.

Sottsass's priginal design was a transparent, oval-shaped bottle with tapered ends, made totally of glass. Inside the bottle are strands of red, pink and orange, all interwining each other. Sadly, for technical reasons the project was never completed.

However, now, the partly hand-made bottle is being sold world-wide in limited quantity, numbering to only about 2000. From the article, only 10 are available in Australia and are priced at $495 a bottle.

Despite the hefty price-tag, lets consider the fatc that Sottsass's work is extrememly, sought after. In fact, ShapiroAuctioneers sold a Srio vase designed by him for $4000 last year. Not to mention, expensive frangrances can set you back about $300 a bottle and an average pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses sells for about $940. So after considering all that, perhaps this collectable, limited luxe perfume bottled in an artwork may not be that expensive after all?

The article states that if you wish to purchase this piece of art, contact (02)9695 5678

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