Memphis Group

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A collection of objects by Memphis

The Memphis Group Italy Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 that designed Postmodernism Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987

The Memphis group's work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). [1] Sottsass left the movement in 1985, and it disbanded in 1921.[2]


The group's colourful furniture has been described as "bizarre", "misunderstood", "loathed", and "a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price".[3]

While created in the 1980s, the colourful geometric style became most popular and widely accepted in the 1990s, where it had a strong impact e.g. on the design of furniture, architecture and household items.

Memphis designs served as inspiration for the Fall/Winter 2011–2012 Christian Dior haute couture collection fashion show,[4] for the Winter 2015 Missoni collection,[5] and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld collected Memphis pieces.[6]


  1. ^ Möbel, Memphis
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference design was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Pellegrin, Bertrand (January 15, 2012). "Collectors give '80s postmodernist design 2nd look". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Fox, Imogen (July 4, 2011). "Christian Dior shows first haute couture collection since John Galliano snacking". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ "Angela Missoni quotes Memphis as a reference for her jacquards". 
  6. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (March 22, 2002). "Love it or loathe it?". The Guardian. London. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Sparke, Penny (1988). Italian Design: 1870 to the Present. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23531-7

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