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Sottsass Associati


Scarce, deluxe first Japanese edition of the Sottsass Associati book from 1988, in original box sleeve with printed obi-strip. This large, lavishly illustrated book examines the diverse array of projects by Italian design group, Sottsass Associati – a partnership formed in Milan in 1980 between Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanini, Matteo Thun, Aldo Cibic, and Marco Marabelli. Each of their major projects, traversing architecture, interior design, textiles, graphic design, product design, exhibition design, furniture design, etc. are documented here in full-colour photography and illustrations, including projects for Brionvega, Olivetti, Esprit, Fiorucci, Memphis Group, Knoll, Alessi, Driade, and many others.

Essays by Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice, Jean Pigozzi, Herbert Muschamp, Philippe Thome, Doug Tompkins, Luciano Torri, and Marco Zanini.

*Condition: Very Good-Fine (Fine copy preserved within original box sleeve with light wear/tanning to box, protected in plastic with original obi-strip) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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


First 1984 printing of the US hardcover edition of “MEMPHIS: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design”, by Barbara Radice – arguably the greatest reference book on the work of the Italian Design group MEMPHIS. In original dust-jacket.

Written by Radice, a founding member of the Memphis group (and author of “Ettore Sottsass: A Critical Biography”), and documenting in stunning photography and reproduction the vast array of design work that this group produced across furniture, lighting, interiors, architecture, textiles, glassware, etc., this really feels like THE official Memphis book, embodying their spirit and design aesthetic in book form.

Founded in 1981, the international group of architects and designers, Memphis, shook the design world to its foundations. Based in Italy and led by Ettore Sottsass, it overturned and re-shaped the pre-suppositions on which the production of so-called Modern Design is based. It became the almost mythical symbol of the New Design. Laughing out loud at our culture and at itself, Memphis pulled out all stops when it came to colour, pattern, decoration and ornamentation. It sets out to contribute to the continuing dialogue on pop culture, the avant-garde and design.

This book features the work of Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Shiro Kuramata, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Michele de Lucchi, Matteo Thun, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Gerard Taylor, Michael Graves, Aldo Cibic, George James Sowden, Arquitectonica, Hans Hollein, Marco Zanini, Javier Mariscal, Thomas Bley, Martine Bedin, etc.

Contents are: Introduction; Memphis; Plastic Laminate; Materials; Decoration; Color; The Memphis Idea; The Design; Memphis and Fashion.

Highly recommended.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (tight, clean copy in dust jacket protected under plastic) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Memphis Milano

Original Memphis Milano leporello fold-out poster/catalogue from around 1986, showcasing all the iconic chairs, tables, lamps, lights, shelves, ceramic and porcelain wares, glass ware, tapestries, and much more by Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Andrea Branzi, Marco Zanini, Aldo Cibic, George J. Sowden, Martine Bedin, Peter Shire, Matteo Thun, Gerard Taylor, Shiro Kuramata, Michael Graves, Javier Mariscal, Maria Sanchez, Arquitectonica, Masanori Umeda and more. All listed across 14 pages with colour photography and titles/specs for each piece – all texts in English and Italian. Works spanning all of the 1980s for Memphis.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (some light corner wear, small pin holes to corners from previous hanging) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Design Furniture from Italy


Rare exhibition book published on the occasion of the exhibition, “Mobili Italiani” held in Tokyo at the Sogestu Kaikan, a building designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, in February 8-16 1984.

This important survey exhibition on Italian furniture from the 1930’s to the 1980’s featured the work of furniture designers and companies such as Enzo Mari, Archizoom, Michele De Lucchi, Alessi, Casanova, Castelli, Flos, Aldo Rossi, Kartell, Olivetti-Synthesis, Vico Magistretti, Ettore Sottsass, Mario Bellini, O Luce, Zanotta, B&B Italia, Arflex, Arteluce, Driade, Arfa Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Vistosi, Artemide, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Paolo Pivi, Molteni, Achille Castiglioni, Piero Castiglioni, Sottsass Associati, Danese, Venini, Carlo Scarpa, and so many others, displaying work across furniture, lighting, glassware and flatware. All design objects from the exhibition are documented here in this handsomely designed catalogue; beautifully photographed and accompanied by production information.

The book also documents, again through fantastic colour photographic spreads and also sketches and technical drawings, the exhibition’s “Environments” displays. Entire interior settings are here designed and fitted out by Sottsass Associati (Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini), Achille Castiglioni, Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, Cini Boeri, and Giotto Stoppino.

Features an introduction by Kenzo Tange and texts by Vittoria Gregotti and Giovanni Klaus Koenig, all published here in English and Japanese.

* Condition: Very Good (a clean, tight copy with only very minor shelf wear and small tanning to cover edge) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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