Philadelphia: Running Press, 1985. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's blue cloth, spine stamped white, original pictorial dust jacket.
Classic survey of the 1980s Italian "Nuovo Design" group formed by Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, Martine Bedin and others. Described as "a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price" (San Francisco Chronicle), the Memphis Group made use of bold colors, geometric forms and non-traditional materials: "Sottsass remarked, 'if a society plans obsolescence, the only possible enduring design is one that deals with that obsolescence, a design that comes to terms with it, maybe accelerating it, maybe confronting it, maybe ironizing it, maybe getting along with it...And then I don't understand why enduring design is better than disappearing design'" (from the introduction). Illustrated throughout with color photos; with a bibliography and list of design sources. Light rubbing and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #20