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"Superbox" Cupboard

Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Italian (born Austria), 1917 - 2007. Made by Abet Laminati S.p.A., Italyfor Poltronova S.p.A., Pistoia, Italy.

Made in Pistoia, Italy, Europe

Designed 1966

Plywood, plastic laminate

Height (including base): 6 feet 6 3/4 inches (200 cm) Cupboard: 70 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches (179.7 x 59.1 x 59.1 cm) Base: 7 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (20 x 80 x 80 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Abet Laminati S.p.A., 1983

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This cupboard, its strong geometric shape and bold, striped laminated exterior inspired by the work of Ettore Sottsass's pop art contemporaries, was a precursor to the radical output of the design collective Memphis, founded by Sottsass in 1981. Memphis's use of decorative plastic laminates, eye-catching color, and totem-like forms owed much to these early experimental designs for Italian furniture maker Poltronova.