Edited by Barbara Radice: Memphis: The New International Style. Milano: Galleria Carla Sozzani, 2009. 4to in original wraps as issued. 70 pages, illustrated in color. Text in both Italian and English. Fine sharp copy, clean and well preserved with only minimal shelfwear
Second edition, first was 1981. Fold out front and back cover design by Marco Zanini. Essay by Barbara Radice in both Italian and English. 56 color and black and white reproductions of the original drawings from international architects, designers and artists for Memphis. Including drawings by Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Matteo Thun, Masanori Umeda and Marco Zanini. This volume from the limited edition of 1000 copies re-edited in occasion of the exhibition “Memphis Blues”, April 2009 at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, Italy. This catalogue tells the very beginning of the Memphis story through the original drawings of furniture, objects, lighting and patterns compiled from international architects, artists and designers. The story goes that Ettore Sottsass and his core group encouraged international architects and designers to send their concepts and drawings for new designs for domestic furnishings. In viewing their results through this selection of the drawings, it is clear there was a global design revolution happening and Memphis was about to produce prototypes of these designs that would shock and change the world forever.