Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Basilico, Cherry, Lapislazzuli, Camomilla and Sugar are eight colorful potteries designed by Ettore Sottsass between 1972 and 1973 and produced by a young master ceramist, Alessio Sarri, in 1987.
With this series, called Indian Memory, designer and architect Ettore Sottsass Jr. managed to translate architectural archetypal forms, discovered during his 1972 Indian travel, into some common kitchen tools, teapots, and fruit bowls. Displaced over tables and cupboards, the objects are able to bring to a domestic landscape the persistence of archetypal shapes, met in faraway places, yet understandable and meaningful into any culture.
The series clearly shows how forms experienced by a designer can be kept into memory and later injected into further projects of any size and scope. The drawings also emphasize the shifting in size and context, with the objects drawn out of scale as temples in the middle of a landscape, but still keeping the features of a common kitchen tool.
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