The Memphis Group was a design and architecture group founded in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass in Milan, Italy. The group is a good example of design of the postmodern era and designed furniture, fabrics, glass and metal objects and ceramics.
The characteristics of their design was bold and striking colors, asymmetrical shapes, geometrical compositions and striking statements. Memphis worked often in materials like plastic laminate often used in commercial context in public environments.
The group consisted of Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Martine Bedin, Michele de Lucchi, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Nathalie du Pasquier, Matteo Thun, Javier Mariscal, George Snowden, Marco Zanini, Luciano Paccagnella and Barbare Radice. Ettore Sottsas left the Memphis group in 1985 and the group was disbanded in 1988.
In 1981, the brilliant Ettore Sottsass founded the Memphis Group in Milan, an experience that quickly came to dictate the aesthetic rules of an entire decade. Now, the eclectic, colourful and kitschy furniture has come back in style.