One of only three US homes designed by famed Italian industrial designer Ettore Sotsass is now on the Silicon Valley market for a cool $14.9 million. Fittingly, it was built for Chairman and Co-Founder David Kelley of IDEO, a global design and innovation company with a social justice edge.
Sotsass might be best known for the 1969 design of his bright red Valentine typewriter, which became somewhat of a fashion statement in corporate offices of that era, but his innovative work expanded beyond objects. He led the Memphis Group in architectural exploits that often played with whimsical colors, plastics and asymmetrical designs.
David Kelley spoke fondly of the late Sotsass in an interview last year with Surface Magazine: “Every once in a while I’ll notice an Ettore detail here that makes me smile. You kind of have Memphis on your mind when you’re thinking about Ettore, but the house is different from that. It’s comfortable, easy to look at and easy to be in. Then all of a sudden you run into something quirky. I think people come into my house and say, ‘Oh, you paid good money for that plastic laminate?! Where’s the mahogany? Where’s the preciousness?’ There’s no preciousness. They don’t know that the laminate was custom-made for Ettore to be exactly what he wanted.”
Touted as a “Post-Modern masterpiece,” the six pavilion home is connected by a central glass atrium and encompasses 6,000 square feet and three-bedrooms. Each of the six pavilions is made of different materials and evokes a particular mood. The property also includes a working equestrian center with stables, a tack room, birthing shed and barn.