The Memphis Group was founded by Italian, Ettore Sottass in 1981 and promptly faded from the scene in 1987. Although short and sweet, the design and architecture movement is still inspiring plenty of others to this day and it is through these new designs that we can relive the 80s and thank the lord for Nathalie Du Pasquier.
When Du Pasquier chose to re-emerge in 2013 in collaboration with Wrong for Hay I was smitten and when delving into further research I found that she states her bold grasp of colours and patterns is more instinct than fascination – something I whole heartedly stand by when reiterating my design process (I just know where I want each line or shape to go). With design brand Kartell also heavily championing Sottsass' designs and Du Pasquier's textiles in 2015, the revival of the movement has seen the return of colour in the interiors industry and I've got a feeling it won't be going anywhere fast. Here's a little round-up of some of my favourites, let me know if there is anyone around who you think I might like, you can never have too much Memphis!
Pressed & Folded
One of my most favourite recent discoveries is Pressed & Folded, as you may have already seen in the February High Five. The design duo's work fits perfectly into the Memphis trend but with a slightly more organic feel - less constructed lines and even more of a playful feel. These greetings card bring a sense of the bizarre and unusual, which is surely what Memphis is all about and certainly an alternative that I'd rather gift to my buddies on their birthday. Check out their full range for even more Memphis options with a twist.
Walala is a welcome addition the streets and interiors of Shoreditch with her large murals currently donning and brightening up buildings in the area. Her mix and match style of monochromatic patterns paired with bold and bright geometric shapes as well as typography makes me feel a little happy inside - this lady surely is the modern day Memphis queen. Although I could certainly handle a whole wall of Walala, these neat prints make for the perfect addition to a gallery wall and you can choose from three different sizes depending on your wall needs.