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Memphis
The New International Style

 

Here it is – the incredibly rare FIRST ever Memphis book, published by Electa in Italy in 1981!
First edition. Wrapped in a fold-out front and back cover design by Marco Zanini, this very early document of Memphis is almost entirely a visual folio of reproductions of the original 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. Along with an early essay by Barbara Radice (in both Italian and English), 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.

A rare opportunity to own this important publication of design history.

Note: This book was briefly re-issued in 2009 in a limited edition – this is however the first printing from 1981.

* Condition: Very Good (light wear / age tanning / previous owners name) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Ettore Sottsass
Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten

Ettore Sottsass signed copy of this incredibly scarce, unique publication from 1990. “Ettore Sottsass : Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten” was published by Ikon Galerie fur Design-Zeichnungen (Frankfurt am Main), reproducing sketches for furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects by influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007), which are interspersed throughout the text design of this catalogue, which includes a lively interview by Rainer Krause with the artist (a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others), text by fellow collaborator and architect/designer/artist Andrea Branzi, and Sottsass’s lengthy informal essay presenting his personal view of the sociological significance of the chair.

All texts are in both English and German, with interview also in Italian.

This special copy has been signed by the designer with “Sottsass” across the title page in black pen. A super collectable copy of this already very rare and special book on one of the world’s most influential designers and visionaries.

* Condition: Very Good (tight and clean throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Memphis-Design

 

First edition. Very rarely seen 1984 Memphis museum catalog published on the occasion of one the first major museum displays of the work of Memphis Milano during the height of the design collective’s power and influence, staged in the Netherlands. Profusely illustrated in black and white and colour with their designs across furniture, lighting, ceramic, glass, etc. with a historical essay tracing the background, inspiration and context of Memphis and radical Italian design by Peter van Kester and Ghislain Kieft (text in Dutch).

Cover design by Nathalie du Pasquier.

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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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