The Memphis Group, a design collaborative, was founded in Milan on the initiative of designer and architect Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007), in December 1980. The group derived its name from the Bob Dylan song 'Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again', said to be playing at their inaugural meeting. As well as Ettore Sottsass, its members included Michele de Lucchi, Barbara Radice, Nathalie du Pasquier, Marco Zanini and Martine Bedin. The group's work was shown for the first time at the Milan Furniture Fair in September 1981 and after that exhibitions were held annually until 1988, although the designs were not universally admired. Memphis group designers used new materials, particularly patterned laminated plastics, to achieve brightly-coloured and often kitsch effects and the group dominated Italian avant-garde design throughout the 1980s. Most pieces are marked, and some also bear the designer's name and the date and place of manufacture.
Two Memphis style side tables, c. 1980, manufactured by Nu-Deco, Australia, laminated wood top, raised on enamelled wooden feet, stainless steel, stamped 'Nu-Deco, Mermaid beach, height 70 cm, width 40 cm, depth 58 cm
Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917-2007), Tahiti lamp, designed 1981, manufactured by Memphis Milano, Italy, enamelled metal and plastic laminate, retains decal label 'Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass, 1981', height 68 cm, labels: Charlotte and Peter Fi
Memphis style coffee table, coloured metal base, glass top (tiny chip), 32 cm high, 160 cm wide, 120 cm deep. Condition: the Memphis style coffee table is in excellent condition. It is on a painted metal base with a large piece of glass that has no chips o
Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917-2007). 'Alfiere' etagere, designed 1980 for Memphis, manufactured by Zanotta, Italy, the tapered red briar back with two demilune laminated shelves and a tubular metal support, resting on a red marble base
A silver gilt presentation dressing mirror, Continental, circa 1900 the silver gilt mirror frame formed as an ovoid laurel wreath, the bottom of which is secured with a bow, inset with diamonds and white sapphires to read To Melba from her company 1904 190
Ettore Sottsass, Le Strutture Tulmano, c. 1979, laminate over pressboard, enameled steel, enameled aluminium, glass, Memphis for Studio Alchimia. Height 117 cm glass top length 61 cm. Depth 61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
Michele de Lucchi, Sinerpica lamp, Italy, 1980, enameled metal, Memphis for Studio Alchimia. Height 73 cm. Literature: Studio Alchimia Bau. Haus Art collection, manufacturer's catalog, unpaginated Il design in Italia Dell' Arredamento Domestico, Gramigna a
Marc Newson, prototype chair, c. 1982, unique handmade chair, hand stitched vinyl cushions, original condition, reflective of 1980's Italian Memphis design movement (A/F). Height 74 cm. Provenance: Gifted by the artist. Private Collection, Sydney
Michele De Lucchi, Memphis 'First' chair, 1983, silver enamelled metal frame supporting lacquered seat, back and spherical armrests, stamped 'Memphis Milano Michele De Lucchi 1983 Made in Italy'. Height 89 cm
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), a Tahiti lamp, designed 1981, manufactured by Memphis, Italy enamelled metal, laminex 70 cm height, metal label, Memphis Milano / Ettore Sottsass / 1981 / Made in Italy. Literature: Charlotte and Peter Fiell eds, 1000 lights Vo
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis 'Deneb' glass goblet, designed 1982, the bowl of blue glass with three applied loop handles in varying colours, the stem clear, on a deep purple circular foot, signed underside. Height 20 cm
War movie posters collection: Huge collection including 6-sheet poster ('Tora! Tora! Tora!); 3-sheet posters (6); UK 2-sheet poster; US one-sheet posters (36); UK one-sheet posters (29); Belgian poster (1); German poster (1); Australian Onesheet posters (4
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