34 years have already gone by since Italian designer Ettore Sottsass met his mates and, after having some limoncellos, ended up putting up the pillars of what the Memphis group was going to be; that Industrial Designers collective that didn’t care about functionality or visual harmony at all. What they were looking for was pure kitsch, colour explosions and shapes a go-go. These were the features on every furniture piece by the post-modern group, whose creations were always in between the Bauhaus style and Fisher-Price toys.
A lot has happenend since and everybody thought that the style that was the big thing of the 80s was already forgotten. Luckily though, there are artists like Peter Judson, who revives through his graphic design the relaxed formalism of the Memphis group. In his illustrations we can check how this English artist uses the pastel shades and the shapes the collective created and gives them an added value drawing perspectives that would make Escher totally crazy. From La Monda we congratulate every intent that means bringing Memphis creations to life again and it seems we’re not the only ones, becasue Judson’s work has already been featured by Esquire and in American Apparel campaigns. Since our budget will not allow us to decorate our studio with Sottsass and his friend’s furniture, we will think about doing it with Judson’s posters.
- Peter Judson
- Sergi Casero
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