Wednesday, July 21, 2010

a lesson in 80s graphic design... Lesson one : "Memphis style"


I feel like a lot of people dont know THAT 80s style is called "Memphis" it supposedly started in Italy. Which they got from Memphis EGYPT, so Im assuming that the interpretation was a post modern egyptian influence??.. I dunno just figured. I can KINDA see it in the hieroglyphics ... Spaltter paint, with a squiggle and a triangle... A Fantastic example is the remake of the Millennium Falcon by Justin of Penis Ennui.

6 comments:

ᒣ ᒪ said...

Memphis style always makes me think of Acid House, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, I like both and feel like they go hand in hand.

TonyG said...

Memphis came out when I was in college and I loved it - I thought it looked truly new and modern.

From Wikipedia - The Memphis-Milano Movement was an Italian design and architecture group started by Ettore Sottsass that designed Post Modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981-1987.
Named after the Bob Dylan song "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again," the movement was a reaction against the post-Bauhaus "black box" designs of the 1970s and had a sense of humor that was lacking at the time in design. In contrast the Memphis Group offered bright, colorful, shocking pieces. The colors they used contrasted the dark blacks and browns of European furniture. They drew inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, styles such as the 1950s Kitsch and futuristic themes. Their concepts were in stark contrast to so called 'Good Design'.

David Mason said...

I believe most of that but I dont believe the bob dylan part.. It just doesnt have any reference to the rest of it... wikipedia is tricky that way, anyone could have put that in there.... sorry im sticking to the Memphis Egypt part...

nsfw said...

first when the wave first appeared there was Wet magazine...

soon afterwards when Memphis and Sottsass surfaced, it was first championed in America by a magazine called "Manhattan Catalogue" which was published by Camouflage (a Chelsea 8th Ave men's upscale boutique).

Then the movement snowballed to over-saturation until all we eventually ended up with is design-for-design's-sake Alessi.

jj said...

The Dylan explanation is correct. It's explained in great detail here on page 26 of the 1984 Italian monograph on the subject called "MEMPHIS" - a book on my shelf.

Cavanaugh said...

honey, im home!