Architectural Digest (UAE)

Radical Revamp

- – A.B.

The Memphis movement, founded by Italian maverick Ettore Sottsass and a group of fellow radicals, produced some of the most memorable and controvers­ial designs of the Postmodern era. Its infamously zany creations, released over a few hedonistic years between 1980 and 1987, were known for their self-conscious rebellion against convention­al “good taste”. Now that a new generation of young designers is embracing similarly playful shapes, colours and patterns, the Memphis aesthetic feels relevant again. Newly opened in Milan’s central Brera district, the Memphis Milano Galleria offers a rare chance to immerse yourself in the original collective’s colourful world, with its signature graphic patterns unfurling across walls, floors and ceilings and iconic objects such as Sottsass’ Carlton bookshelf adorning six characterf­ul rooms. The juxtaposit­ion of these vibrant and occasional­ly kitsch pieces with grown-up parquet floors and classical architectu­re proves that it’s possible to make a home with Memphis furniture, should you be brave enough to try it.

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