Art is divine

Design freedom

Micha Christos

MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS 

ET DU DESIGN 

Madd-Bordeaux 

 

BORDEAUX

From June 21, 2019 to January 19, 2020

 

MEMPHIS

PLASTIC FIELD

“Alpha Centauri” by Marco Zanini 1982 – Collezione Memphis Milano Collection

Flower vase in blown glass

H. 37 cm

Photo Credit Studio Azzurro

Courtesy Memphis srl

www.memphis-milano.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

«WE BECAME EXPLORERS. MAYBE WE ARE ABLE TO NAVIGATE ON WIDE AND DANGEROUS RIVERS AND MAKE OUR WAY IN JUNGLES WHERE NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN.» ETTORE SOTTSASS

«Ashoka» by Ettore Sottsass 1981 - Memphis Milano Collection

Table lamp with structure in painted metal

W. 74, H. 85 cm

Photo Credit Pariano Angelantonio

Courtesy Memphis srl

www.memphis-milano.com


“Big Sur” by Peter Shire 1986 – Memphis Milano Collection

Couch in wool 100%. Structure in lacquered wood

W. 210, D. 72, H.96 cm

Photo Credit Roberto Gennari

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

“Clesitera” by Ettore Sottsass 1986 – Memphis Milano Collection

Vase in blow glass with pendant

H. 49 cm

Photo Credit Lucien Schweitzer Galerie et Editions

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

“Colorado” by Marco Zanini 1983 – Memphis Milano Collection

Teapot in ceramic

W. 29 cm, H. 23 cm

Photo Credit Lucien Schweitzer Galerie et Editions

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

In June 2019, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Madd-Bordeaux) participated in the cultural season on the theme of Freedom. The paradoxical humor begins with the choice of the place of the exhibition which is located in an old prison.

Founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Memphis federated around its charismatic personality young architects and artists of all nationalities who dreamed of shattering the codes of modernity and rationalism.


«Casablanca» by Ettore Sottsass 1981 – Memphis Milano Collection –

Sideboard in plastic laminate

W. 151, D. 39, H. 221 cm

Photo Credit Aldo Ballo, Guido Cegani, Peter Ogilvie

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

«Carlton» by Ettore Sottsass 1981 - Memphis Milano Collection

Room divider in plastic laminate

W. 190, D. 40, H. 196 cm

Photo Credit Aldo Ballo, Guido Cegani, Peter Ogilvie

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com


A  true bombshell in design culture, Memphis renews the language of shapes and colors. Objects are created from their meaning and presence, not from their functionality. Inhabited by this new freedom, they communicate visually by opening the field of all possibilities. Thanks to Ernesto Gismondi, the company Artemide has from the outset ensured the international distribution of the collection and the pieces have quickly become icons of Italian design in the world. Michele De Lucchi’s First chair and Martine Bedin’s Super lamp are real bestsellers.

“Emerald” by Nathalie Du Pasquier 1985 – Memphis Milano Collection

Sideboard in wood, plastic laminate and mirror

W. 100, D. 40, H. 190 cm

Photo Credit Roberto Gennari

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

“D’Antibes” by George J. Sowden 1981 – Memphis Milano Collection

Cabinet in lacquered wood silkscreened on the two sides

60, D. 40, H. 160 cm

Photo Credit Aldo Ballo, Guido Cegani, Peter Ogilvie

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com


“First” by Michele De Lucchi 1983 – Memphis Milano Collection

Chair in metal and wood

W. 59, D. 50, H. 90 cm

Photo Credit Studio Azzurro

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

“Super” by Martine Bedin 1981 – Memphis Milano Collection

Table or floor lamp in fiberglass.

Photo Credit Pariano Angelantonio

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

A movement of pop culture, Memphis makes a mockery of an elitist design in its fixed and ornamental snobbery. Spontaneity, humor and sensuality are the master cards of these subversive and irreverent objects. 

 

Memphis has breathed new life into the design and it is reflected in these 160 objects of legend presented in this exhibition with jubilant freshness.


“Plaza” by Michael Graves 1981 – Memphis Milano Collection

Dressing table in briar, lacquered wood, glass, mirrors, brass. Six drawers

W. 140, D. 54, H. 226 cm

Photo Credit Aldo Ballo,Guido Cegani,Peter Ogilvie

Courtesy Memphis Srl

www.memphis-milano.com

“Roma” by Marco Zanini 1986 – Memphis Milano Collection

Armchair in fiberglass with iridescent finish –

W. 101, D. 90, H. 90 cm

Photo Credit Studio Azzurro

Courtesy Memphis srl

www.memphis-milano.com