Upon concluding his studies at the Politecnico di Torino in 1939, Ettore Sottsass dedicated himself exclusively to the design of furniture, objects, and ceramics. He participated with his creations in the periodical Triennale exhibitions in Milan from 1947 to 1960.
In 1958, he started to work as a design consultant for Olivetti and received several acknowledgments for his works.
In 1976, the Internationale Design Zentrum in Berlin organised a retrospective exhibition dedicated to his works, which was later exhibited at the Biennale in Venice and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Sottsass designed various lamps and objects for VENINI, from 1988 and until the very last years of his life.