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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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Contemporary Landscape
From the Horizon of Postmodern Design

Beautiful and extremely scarce Japanese catalogue for the exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1985. Presents 200 pieces of work by 48 designers and architects from Europe, America and Japan. This book profiles many of these important designers through photographs, biographies and text.

Foreword by Michiaki Kawakita and Kenji Adachi. Introduction by Shinji Kohmoto and an essay on Italian radical and neo-radical design by Alessandro Mendini.

Features the work of Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Arata Isozaki, Ettore Sottsass, Frank Gehry, Fumihiko Maki, Mario Botta, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Ron Arad, Daniel Weil, Shiro Kuramata…

One of the finest and scarcest volumes produced on postmodern design.

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

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NOVEMBRE 10
Spring / Summer 2016


Huge new issue, almost twice the size of the last!

Novembre 10: Charlotte Day-Reiss, Clément Delépine, Nik Kosmas, Peter Kwang, Tim Steer, Donna Huanca, Jamie Adams, Marques ‘ Almeida, Anna Uddenberg, Moses Guantlett Cheng, Chanel, Céline, DIS, Chris Kraus, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Bjarne Melgaard, J.W. Anderson, Dries van Noten, Jeannette Mundt, Jessie Wine, Nick Knight, Orion Martin, Peter Shire, Louisa Gagliardi, Proenza Schouler, and so many more….

Under the candid caption “arts and fashion in Switzerland and the world”, Novembre activates intergenerational discussions, producing international content that explores the critical stakes inherent to the Swiss identity: its neutrality notably fortifies its supposed integrity and inviolability, whilst placing the Confederation in an extremely productive and influential position within the arts on a global level.

Through the organic association of fashion, design and art, Novembre highlights the products which proliferate in schools, studios, galleries, showrooms, institutions, trade shows, fairs, hotels and bank lobbies and living rooms – addressing issues of integration, independence, equality, and exchange.

Novembre is currently published and independently by Florence Tétier (Paris), Florian Joye (Lausanne), and Jeanne-Salomé Rochat (Berlin), who united after their graduation from ECAL University of Arts, Switzerland.

 

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