Memphis Style

Because of their joint dislike of the popular minimalist design style developed in the 1960s and 1970s, graceful Modernism, a small group of creatives formed to make postmodern: 

  • unique furniture, 
  • fabric, 
  • develop patterns, 
  • ceramics, 
  • other decorative objects,
  • encouraged by Art Deco and pop art, 
  • connecting streamlined geometry and electric colors.

What Is 

This Design is an influential postmodern style from the famous Memphis Design collaborative of Milan-based keen designers in the memorable early 1980s. It was impressively spearheaded by the delightful legendary Italian designer Mr. Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007). It contained a brilliant impact on 80s design, questioning the status quo with its outstanding, fearless mishmash of styles and ideas. Not for the terrified ‘faint of heart,’ Memphis Design was a spectacular, polarizing style with:

  • bold colors, 
  • clashing patterns,
  • radical practical approach to design. 

Now, Memphis Design is the makings of museum retrospective items and an enduring source of inspirational ideas for: 

  • current interior designers, 
  • imaginative fashion designers, 
  • graphic and type designers, 
  • expressive set and costume designers, 
  • and more.


When not knowing anything about Memphis design and looking at some illustrations, it is tough to believe that the impressive style began in 1981. It has:

  • rich, vibrant colors,
  • engaging, dynamic forms. 

It looks like an idea that can’t be older than several months. Its total unique combinations of color choices:

  • overlapping design patterns,
  • unique textures. 

Cause it is one of the most skillfully recognizable design styles. For a technique still so famous today, it has a grand history that arrived with more negative thoughts than positives. 

Squiggles and Strokes

  • Black squiggle shapes

Usually on a white background, they are known as The Bacterio print, conceived in 1978 by Mr. Ettore Sottsass himself, and are believed: 

  • a trademark Memphis pattern. 

These design elements are usually: 

  • white, black, or completely saturated colors.

They are located on sharp, contrasting, complex backgrounds to attract attention.

To purchase the book:

Go to…..Search for ‘66 Styles for Interior Design’….Volume 3 I-N

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