Living With Memphis

Memphis only lasted six years, yet the radical design collective made a lasting impact on the field of design. Memphis challenged the aesthetics of Modernism and, as Aldo Cibic explains, “reset everything design had seen before”. 

Identifiable and bold, Memphis designs found their way onto movie sets and into the homes of forward-thinking and creative luminaries such as Karl Lagerfeld, whose Monaco penthouse was bursting with the bold designs that he acquired directly from Ettore Sottsass and David Bowie who collected Memphis alongside important modern and postmodern art. Memphis also found its way into retail establishments such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's and in the years since its introduction, museum collections across the globe. 

Dennis Zanone first saw the work of Memphis in 1984 during its first American tour and over the past several decades, he amassed an impressive collection that rivals the depth and breadth of Lagerfeld’s and is the largest since the fashion designer’s, which sold at Sotheby's in 1991. Zanone has lived with Memphis and is a champion of the movement. The incredible group of works offered in this sale has been extensively researched and was the basis of the 2014 Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design exhibition at The Dixon Museum. 

Through my projects I want to give form to what I call complexity.

Marco Zanuso

Marco Zanuso 1916–2001

Marco Zanuso was a modern Italian artist, architect, designer, and industrial designer. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano from 1935 to 1939 afterwards teaching architecture, design, and urban planning until opening his office in Milan in 1945. In the late 1940s he began collaboration with Arflex to create a furniture collection utilizing a groundbreaking combination of polyurethane foam and elastic tape; his iconic Lady Armchair won the gold medal at Milan’s IX Triennale. Following the end of World War II, he lent his expertise as the co-editor of Domus and editor of Casabella magazine.

From 1957 to 1977 Zanuso partnered with German industrial designer Richard Sapper to create a new brand of techno-functionalist design including, the 1966 Grillo Telephone for Siemens and a series of mobile housing units for the Museum of Modern Art New York’s noteworthy Italy: The New Domestic Landscape exhibition in 1972.

A highly celebrated designer, Zanuso was awarded the Medaglia d'oro and the Gran Premio at the Milan Triennale VIII, IX, X, XI and XIII editions, and won five Compassi d’Oro between 1956 and 1985. His designs are included in many significant global collections including the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the Arflex Museum in Italy, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Marco Zanuso died in 2001 in Milan.

Auction Results Marco Zanuso

MARCO ZANUSO, Senior lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Senior lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $21,250

MARCO ZANUSO, Martingala chairs, set of three | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Martingala chairs, set of three
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $13,750

MARCO ZANUSO, Regent lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Regent lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,250

MARCO ZANUSO, salon suite | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

salon suite
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000

MARCO ZANUSO, Senior lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Senior lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,000

MARCO ZANUSO, Weekend lounge chair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Weekend lounge chair
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $8,750

MARCO ZANUSO, Senior chair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Senior chair
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $8,190

MARCO ZANUSO, sofas, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

sofas, pair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady chairs, pair
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,605

MARCO ZANUSO, Regent lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Regent lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,985

MARCO ZANUSO, Martingala lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Martingala lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $6,960

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady chairs, pair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,875

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady chairs, pair and ottoman | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady chairs, pair and ottoman
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,875

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady chairs, pair
estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $6,000

MARCO ZANUSO, two piece sofa | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

two piece sofa
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $5,400

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady sofa | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady sofa
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000

MARCO ZANUSO, sleep-o-matic sofa | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

sleep-o-matic sofa
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,800

MARCO ZANUSO, Senior chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Senior chairs, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,600

MARCO ZANUSO, Regent chairs, pair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Regent chairs, pair
estimate: $4,500–5,500
result: $4,600

MARCO ZANUSO, Bridge chair | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Bridge chair
estimate: $2,500–3,000
result: $4,500

MARCO ZANUSO, Sleep-O-Matic sofa | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Sleep-O-Matic sofa
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,313

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady sofa | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady sofa
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,200

MARCO ZANUSO, Lady settee | wright20.com

Marco Zanuso

Lady settee
estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $4,200