‘Postmodern, but Not Especially Proud of It’ by Alice Rawsthorn
Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 14 September 2011
The Memphis design group did a photo shoot in 1981 inside a “conversation pit,” but by 1985, Ettore Sottsass, one of its founders, had quit, disenchanted
The talented design critic Alice Rawsthorn has written a very interesting article entitled “Postmodern, but Not Especially Proud of It” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at Postmodern design and architecture in general and particularly the work of Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis design group, the kitsch and colorful design movement based in Milan in the early 1980s, as well as the upcoming exhibition “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990”, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. (24 September 2011 – 15 January 2012). As always, Rawsthorn’s fluid style and sense of detail make this both informative and enjoyable to read.
image: Studio Azzurro/Galleria Post Design/Memphis, Milano/The New York Times