Ettore Sottsass, the celebrated Italian designer, died at his home in Milan yesterday at the age of 90. He was an architect, an urbanist and the founder of the Memphis Group - a group of architects who were primarily concerned with furniture and product. For Jonathan Glancey (Guardian), the group was also the primary influence behind the subsequent work of Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager.
Mr. Sottsass studied architecture in Turin, Italy, and opened his first studio in Milan in 1947.
For Sottsass, the design is metaphor of life.
Once he said: "I would like the visitors to leave crying, that is with emotion.”