Electa, Milan

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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Studio 65

The incredible, rarely seen Electa Studio 65 monograph!

In 1965 Studio 65 was founded by Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti, architecture and art students in Turin, at a time in Italy covering the 1960s and 1970s, where radical design groups were establishing an opposition to the pure functionalism of the International Style of design. Their ironic adaptation of classical elements predates the historicist designs of such 1980s postmodernists as Robert Venturi and Michael Graves in America and Hans Hollein, Ricardo Bofill, and Aldo Rossi in Europe, and it also takes note of pop art developments of the period in ways which in turn influenced visual artists of the time.
This valuable book encompasses their entire history of work, all densely illustrated in colour and black and white throughout with texts in both Italian and English discussing each project. Includes all their work across furniture design (including their iconic polyurethane foam pieces for Gufram, such as “Bocca” and “Capitello”), interior design, architecture, exhibition design, and much more. From designing discotheques to children’s playgrounds, much of the content in this book is undocumented elsewhere in print.
Alongside a complete biographical history, interviews and essays, this great book visually captures Studio 65’s place at the forefront of Italy’s radical anti-design movement, transforming furniture, jewellery, accessories, and even architecture itself into objects of fantasy.

First and only edition.

* Condition: Very Good (general wear and creasing to edges/covers) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Studio 65 (1986)
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Solid: Una Nuova Collezione di Oggetti per la Casa
Michele de Lucchi

“Solid: Una Nuova Collezione di Oggetti per la Casa” (A New Collection of Objects for The Home) is a unique grouping of extraordinary postmodern designers by Italian designer Michele de Lucchi, whose iconic works for Memphis, Alchimia, Artemide, and Olivetti are synonymous with the height of Italian post-modern expression in 1980’s Italy, for the occasion of an exhibition, collection and publication in 1987. This richly illustrated book, edited by Michele de Lucchi, presents this collection of new household objects by the “Solid” avant-garde design group consisting of Mathilde Bretillot, Angelo Micheli, Feruccio Laviani, James Irvine, Geert Koster, Nicholas Bewick, Christian Hartmann, and Simon Morgan through photography of all of the objects (glassware, ceramics, tableware, flatware, etc.), drawings and texts.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean copy throughout, light shelf wear, softening to covers from age) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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