Every year during the Paris fair Fiac, Artcurial holds a themed Modern design sale and this year the subject is the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, a leading member of the Memphis group. Sottsass partnered with the lighting manufacturers Arredoluce in the mid-1950s and “designed pieces with a ‘space conquest’ look, introducing bright colours and materials like aluminum and Perspex when ceiling lamps were mainly made from brass and crystal”, says Emmanuel Berard, Artcurial’s associate director and head of design. The collaboration ended in the mid-1960s—these pieces were “too avant-garde for the commercial market, but have since become legendary”, Berard says. Artcurial sold another edition of this ceiling light in 2015 for €74,000. Ettore Sottsass, suspended light made for Arredoluce (around 1957). The Vocabulary of Ettore Sottsass at Artcurial, Paris, 23 October. Estimate €50,000-€60,000.