Shiva Vase

$294.00
Designed by:  Ettore Sottsass
Manufactured by:  BD Barcelona

The Shiva vase was created by legendary architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass.  Sottsass created several pieces in the early 1970s for BD Barcelona – Mettsass table, Manhattan ashtray, Knossos lamp, and this iconic ceramic Shiva vase with pink glaze.  Apparently, Sottsass had made several trips to Barcelona in the early 1970s as he had fallen in love with a beautiful Catalan girl. As BD Barcelona simply notes, the inspiration for the Shiva vase was “a fruit of this love and his stay in our country.”  

 “I continue to produce small, small, small architectures, such as this ceramic piece, for example, a little like monuments, a little like tombs, a little like the abandoned temples of the gods, a little like the ruins of the ancient and unknown civilization in which something – they say – was known; it is said that they understood the axes, the curves, the intersections, perhaps even the causation of the courses of the cosmic bodies, along which each day slide the private vertices of the atoms that make up our fragile flesh and blood” – Ettore Sottass. Examples of Sottsass’ Shiva vase are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manufactured by BD Barcelona.

Designed in 1973.

Dimensions: 7” W, 2.8” D, 9.1” H

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Designed by:  Ettore Sottsass
Manufactured by:  BD Barcelona

The Shiva vase was created by legendary architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass.  Sottsass created several pieces in the early 1970s for BD Barcelona – Mettsass table, Manhattan ashtray, Knossos lamp, and this iconic ceramic Shiva vase with pink glaze.  Apparently, Sottsass had made several trips to Barcelona in the early 1970s as he had fallen in love with a beautiful Catalan girl. As BD Barcelona simply notes, the inspiration for the Shiva vase was “a fruit of this love and his stay in our country.”  

 “I continue to produce small, small, small architectures, such as this ceramic piece, for example, a little like monuments, a little like tombs, a little like the abandoned temples of the gods, a little like the ruins of the ancient and unknown civilization in which something – they say – was known; it is said that they understood the axes, the curves, the intersections, perhaps even the causation of the courses of the cosmic bodies, along which each day slide the private vertices of the atoms that make up our fragile flesh and blood” – Ettore Sottass. Examples of Sottsass’ Shiva vase are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manufactured by BD Barcelona.

Designed in 1973.

Dimensions: 7” W, 2.8” D, 9.1” H

BD Barcelona

Since 1972, BD Barcelona’s focus has been on the intersection of art and design. Choosing artisan methods over mass production that often results in limited or short-lived production runs, each of BD Barcelona’s designs marks a close collaboration with an artist or designer to produce pieces that function on such a highly aesthetic level that each design truly blurs the lines between sculpture and industrial design. Throughout its history, BD Barcelona has not only expertly curated its now iconic archival collections by Antoni Gaudi , Salvador Dali, and Josep Jujol, but collaboratively developed extraordinarily engaging contemporary designs by Ettore Sottsass, Javier Mariscal, Jaime Hayon, Antoine + Manuel, Christian Zuzunaga, Doshi Levien, Pepe Cortes , and the Campana Brothers. Switch Modern delights in presenting the entire BD Barcelona collection on its website as well as highlighting several seminal furniture and accessory designs in our Atlanta showroom.

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) was born in Innsbruck, Austria. After graduating from Turin Polytechnic with a degree in architecture, he opened a studio in Milan in 1947. His work, which ranges from furniture and ceramics to office equipment, has been produced by manufacturers such as Alessi, BD Barcelona, Bitossi, Design Gallery, Glas Italia, Memphis Milano, Olivetti, Stilnovo, and Zanotta. Ettore Sottsass was instrumental in the development of the Memphis school of design in 1981 and his designs figured prominently as part of the Memphis movement throughout the 1980s. His work is included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums worldwide, including Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.