Sottsass, Ettore / Memphis Group (firm)
[An illustrated catalogue of 152 Memphis works from 1981-1987].
Milano, circa 1995 [later printing]
Leporello, with large glossy sheet (97 x 34cm.), printed both recto/verso in brilliant full-colour, folded and composed into 14 oblong panels (each 34 x 14cm.). Each of the 152 entries consists of a photographic image with descriptive caption in both Italian and English translation.
This vibrant catalogue captures the first seven years of output from the Sottsass-founded Memphis Group, with 152 works photographed, titled, dated, and described (both in terms of materials and dimensions), and attributed to one of the Group's designers - including Peter Shire, Marco Zanini, Matteo Thun, Aldo Cibic, and Martine Bedin. The folded-out recto features 77 works of lighting and furniture, with the verso documenting 62 works of ceramics and glassware, and another 13 textile works, mostly by Nathalie du Pasquier. This copy suggests a retrospective function to the catalogue, given that the colophon includes the Milanese firm's website, email address, and fax number.