From Bob Dylan to Milanese Postmodernism
It was to the sound of Bob Dylan's album Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again that the Memphis movement was born during the evening of December 11, 1980 in the living room of Ettore Sotsass in the company of several young architects and designers. Bringing together Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini, Martine Bedin, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden, this extraordinary group revolutionized all the aesthetics of the 80s by assuming a new language. Dialoguing with absurd and irrational shapes, using plastic laminates, Memphis introduced the pleasure of play in the rational language of industrial production in their design of furniture, ceramics, lighting or rugs. Over time the group was joined by other influential artists before its dissolution in 1988, leaving a mythical and flamboyant heritage to the world of design.