I first came across Ettore Sottsass’s work as a student of architecture in the late 1970s. I observed his drawings with interest and read some of his articles in magazines such as Domus. His articles and drawings moved me deeply. Then, in the late 1980s, with some friends I founded a small publishing house in Como and produced a successful collection of art books combining graphic design with poetry, but I had never altogether forgotten architecture. The idea gradually grew up of launching a series of books that would touch on the subject. Acting on impulse I decided to call Ettore Sottsass’s office for a consultation.