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REVISION CARDS - MEMPHIS DESIGN

V. Ryan 2013

 

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THE MEMPHIS GROUP

Established in the 1980s. Composed of designers based in Italy. Memphis designers, regarded aesthetics as the most important aspect of a product, not its function. Memphis designs/products can be regarded as pieces of art or exhibition pieces, not useable, practical items.

The best known ‘Memphis’ designer was, Ettoire Sottsass.

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  ETTORE SOTTSASS

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Ettore Sottsass led the Memphis design group. He designed products that were unusual, with bright colour schemes, producing imaginary designs for everyday objects.



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His designs were controversial and unusual.

This Ceramic Totem was designed by Sottsass, as part of the Memphis Group.171cm in height. The ceramic finish is coated in polychrome glazes, producing a colourful reflective surface.
 
 
 

ETTORE SOTTSASS DESIGNS

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QUESTIONS
 
1. In what decade was Memphis design most popular ?         1 marks
  
 
2. For a Memphis designer, how important is a product’s aesthetics compared to it’s functions?         3 marks
 
 
 
 
3. Who was Ettore Sottsass?        1 marks
 
 
 
4. Name and describe one of Ettore Scottsass’s designs?        3 marks
 
 
 
 
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