40 years of Memphis!
Here at American Supply, we have admired the work of the Memphis Group for some time, their unusual use of materials and daring speaks to us. During the FIAC art week in 2015, we created a Sottsass inspired bookcase from ultra-high-density foam in bi-colour, referencing his Carlton bookcase and Casablanca sideboard, for Maroussia Rebecq’s exhibition ‘UP-CYCLED ART, Eloge de l’Emprunt’ at Le Coeur gallery in Paris. For us, the Carlton bookcase is one of the defining products of the Memphis Group, and we were very happy to pay homage to it.
In the words of the Italian design critic, and wife of Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice:
“Memphis was started with the idea of changing the face of international design, and it chose the most effective, direct and hazardous way to do so”
Photo Credit: All photos courtesy Vitra Design Museum Gallery unless otherwise cited