Memphis, Barbara Radice 1984 First Edition

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First edition, published by Rizzoli, 1984

‘Research, Experiences, Result, Failures and Successes of New Design’

Founded in 1981 by designer Ettore Sottsass, the Italy-based Memphis Group of designers defined Postmodernism with an all-encompassing movement of vibrant and challenging design, that both critiqued and embraced the culture of the era. This book is the first major publication on the movement, documenting the many designs, ideas and experimentations to come out of it.
 

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  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Condition
    Excellent. Near fine, some shelf wear to edges of dust jacket with a very small tear at the bottom edge on the back..
  • Dimensions
    11.81 in. H x 8.66 in. W x 1.18 in. D
    30 cm H x 22 cm W x 3 cm D
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU210238440723

About Ettore Sottsass (Designer)

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.

     Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves, and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking.

     Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981— notably the multihued, angular “Carlton” room divider and “Casablanca” bookcase. As pieces on these pages demonstrate, however, Sottsass is at his most imaginative and expressive in smaller, secondary furnishings such as lamps and chandeliers, and in table pieces and glassware that have playful and sculptural qualities.

     It was as an artist that Ettore Sottsass was celebrated in his life, in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2006, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art a year later. Even then Sottsass’s work prompted critical debate. And for a man whose greatest pleasure was in astonishing, delighting and ruffling feathers, perhaps there was no greater accolade. That the work remains so revolutionary and bold — that it breaks with convention so sharply it will never be considered mainstream — is a testament to his genius.

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