Carlton Room Divider, 1981
This is a Room divider. It was designed by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by Memphis. It is dated 1981 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is wood, plastic laminate, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The Carlton room divider and cabinet was one of the first pieces Ettore Sottsass created for the international experimental design group he co-founded, Memphis, in 1981. It illustrates the decade’s postmodern movement, which strove to upend the dogmas of modernism. Where modernism was functional, postmodernism was not—Carlton is practically useless as a cabinet, blurring boundaries between “design” and “art.” Memphis embraced diversity, irony, and wit rather than universal, rational answers.
It is credited
Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 196 × 186.5 × 32.5 cm (6 ft. 5 3/16 in. × 6 ft. 1 7/16 in. × 12 13/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Carlton Room Divider, 1981; Designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917–2007); Italy; wood, plastic laminate, metal; H x W x D: 196 × 186.5 × 32.5 cm (6 ft. 5 3/16 in. × 6 ft. 1 7/16 in. × 12 13/16 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment; 1986-4-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.