Go on, take a walk in Memphis. Bold, primary, and certainly a lot of fun, Memphis Group Furniture still succeeds in profoundly shaking things up.
With a name borrowed from the Bob Dylan classic, “Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again),” the Memphis Group never attempted to conceal their lofty ambitions. Founded in Italy in 1981 by a group of designers rebelling against the conformist designs of the 1970s, Memphis Group pieces were meant to shock. While the movement was ephemeral, definitively closing in 1987, the style has remained pop-culturally relevant, culminating with Kartell releasing pieces by pivotal Memphis member, Ettore Sottsass post-new millennia.