The radical design collective, Memphis created bold functional works that made a lasting impact on the field of design. The designs and aesthetic were revolutionary and Memphis pieces found their way onto movie sets and into the homes of forward thinking, daring and creative minds such as David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld whose landmark collections have captured the attention of collectors around the globe. Today, Memphis designs are celebrated icons.

On October 3rd, Wright presents Memphis Design: The Zanone Collection at auction. One of the largest and earliest known collections of Memphis, this incredible group has been extensively researched and was the basis of a 2014 Memphis exhibition at The Dixon Museum.

We read the world sensuously. We also catalogue it and intellectualize it, but the source of everything remains the senses.

Ettore Sottsass

Memphis–Milano: 1980s Italian Design

Dennis Zanone has long championed the work of Memphis. Over the years he has assembled a large and comprehensive collection of Memphis designs. In 2014, his collection was the focus of an exhibition at The Dixon Museum in Memphis.

It was the weirdest feeling—you were in one sense repulsed by the objects, but also freed by this sort of total rule-breaking.

Jasper Morrison

Memphis was founded in the early 1980s by Ettore Sottsass and was comprised of several notable designers: Masanori Umeda, Shiro KuramataAndrea BranziNathalie du Pasquier, Michele de LucchiPeter ShireMarco ZaniniMartine Bedine, George Sowden, Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanuso, Thomas Bley, Barbara Radice, Aldo Cibic, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Gerard Taylor, Javier Mariscal, Beppe Caturegli and Ernesto Gismondi.

Broadening the area of style itself, of never being satisfied with what has already been done, and of looking for a new style all the time.

George Sowden

Memphis Design: The Zanone Collection

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19 September – 3 October 2019
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3 October 2019
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