So what happens if an interior design revival trend is more or less over and you still like it? Well, you just keep on’ truckin’ and shrug your shoulders like so: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Together with my mother (who is celebrating her 70th birthday today, btw), I visited the Stedelijk Museum in the southern Dutch town of Bois-le-Duc last month to see The Last Avant Garde – Radical Design in Italy 1966-1988 and I loved it. I have always been a bit of a sucker for Memphis, the design philosophy behind many of the pieces on display at this smallish but surprisingly complete exhibition. I started appreciating it even more after I went to the Designmuseum in Ghent in 2014.
Now before you get your panties in a twist, let me say that there was a lot more design on display at The Last Avant Garde than just Memphis. There were also some well-known and lesser known pieces from the Sixties and Seventies that are definitely worth checking out. I’ve tried to arrange the pictures I took chronologically (sort of) so that you get a decent impression on how Italian design developed between the Sixties and late Eighties.
Marilyn Bocca Sofa and Cactus by Studio 65
Table lamp by Gae Aulenti
Chiara lamp by Mario Bellini and Capitello chair by Studio 65
Easy chair Tappeto Volante by Ettore Sottsass
Piede object by Gaetano Pesce
Casablanca cabinet by Ettore Sottsass
Gallus Tyrolensis teapot by Matteo Thun and Kristall Side Table by Michele De Lucchi
Totem poles by Ettore Sottsass
Coffee and Tea Service by Hans Hollein for Alessi