Barbara Radice

Memphis: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures, and Successes of New Design


A group of young furniture and product designers based in Milan named their collective “Memphis” when their record needle stuck on Bob Dylan’s crooning line, “Memphis blues again,” on radical designer Ettore Sottsass’s record player. The post-modern movement, which incorporates unconventional industrial materials, gaudy colors, blatant kitsch and disregard for the rules of balance is well represented in this beautiful compilation by Barbara Radice, which includes essays, photographs, drawings and sketches that all give a compelling snapshot of this groundbreaking moment in design.