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The Memphis revival is OVAH, but who cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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 by Studio 65 /// More on Interiorator.com

Marilyn Bocca Sofa and Cactus by Studio 65

Table lamp by Gae Aulenti /// More on Interiorator.com

Table lamp by Gae Aulenti

Chiara lamp by Mario Bellini and Capitello chair by Studio 65 /// More on Interiorator.com

Chiara lamp by Mario Bellini and Capitello chair by Studio 65

Easy chair Tappeto Volante by Ettore Sottsass /// More on Interiorator.com

Easy chair Tappeto Volante by Ettore Sottsass

Piede object by Gaetano Pesce /// More on Interiorator.com

Piede object by Gaetano Pesce

Olook pendant lamp and Teso desk by Superstudio /// More on Interiorator.com Olook pendant lamp and Teso desk by Superstudio.

Casablanca cabinet by Ettore Sottsass /// More on Interiorator.com

Casablanca cabinet by Ettore Sottsass

Gallus Tyrolensis teapot by Matteo Thun and Kristall Side Table by Michele De Lucchi /// More on Interiorator.com

Gallus Tyrolensis teapot by Matteo Thun and  Kristall Side Table by Michele De Lucchi

 

Totem Poles by Ettore Sottsass /// More on Interiorator.com

Totem poles by Ettore Sottsass

Coffee and Tea Service by Hans Hollein for Alessi /// More on Interiorator.com

Coffee and Tea Service by Hans Hollein for Alessi

 

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