Barbara Radice

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Barbara Radice (born 29 November 1943) is an Italian design critic, writer, and editor.[1]


She was born in Como, Italy, and graduated from the Catholic University of Milan in 1968.[2] The Italian avant-garde Memphis Group design collective was formed during a gathering at her home in Milan in 1980, and Radice is the only non-architect counted among the group's seven founding members.[3][4][5]

She became the group's historian and spokesperson, and published the book Memphis: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design (Rizzoli, 1984), which served as a manifesto for the group's design philosophy and highlighted the work of designers Nathalie du Pasquier, Matteo Thun, and Martine Bedin.[6][7][8][9] Radice wrote many articles exploring the themes and theories of this new aesthetic movement, and was editor of the design and architecture magazine Terrazzo from 1988-1997.[10][11][2] She was married to the Memphis designer Ettore Sottsass, who she met in 1976 at the Venice Biennale.[12] She published a critical biography of Sottsass in 1993 and edited a book of his photography in 2003.[13][14]


  1. ^ McQuiston, Liz (1988). Women in Design: A Contemporary View. Trefoil Publications. ISBN 9780862941055. 
  2. ^ a b "Radice, Barbara 1943–". 2007-01-01. 
  3. ^ Zurmuehlen, Marilyn (1992). "Post-Modernist Objects: A Relation between the Past and Present". Art Education. 45 (5): 10–16. doi:10.2307/3193360. JSTOR 3193360. 
  4. ^ "Ten Questions for Memphis member Barbara Radice | Design | Agenda | Phaidon". Phaidon. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  5. ^ Devlin, Polly (2017-09-05). New York Behind Closed Doors. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423647324. 
  6. ^ Adamson, Glenn (2011). "Recent acquisitions of postmodern design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London". The Burlington Magazine. 153 (1302): 597–600. JSTOR 23055425. 
  7. ^ Buchanan, Richard (1985). "Declaration by Design: Rhetoric, Argument, and Demonstration in Design Practice". Design Issues. 2 (1): 4–22. doi:10.2307/1511524. JSTOR 1511524. 
  8. ^ Banham, Joanna (1997-05-01). Encyclopedia of Interior Design. Routledge. ISBN 9781136787577. 
  9. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (1984-12-13). "DESIGN BOOKSHELF; SOME ATTRACTIVE NEW VOLUMES LOOK FORWARD, OTHERS BACK". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  10. ^ Moliterno, Gino (2002-09-11). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture. Routledge. ISBN 9781134758777. 
  11. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (1988-11-10). "CURRENTS; Part Magazine, Part Books, All Style". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  12. ^ "When Ettore Sottsass met Barbara Radice | Architecture | Agenda | Phaidon". Phaidon. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  13. ^ Lange, Alexandra (2014-12-05). "'Sottsass,' by Philippe Thomé". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  14. ^ "Ettore Sottsass Metaphors Written by Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice and Milco Carboni - Rizzoli New York - Rizzoli New York". Retrieved 2017-07-21.