1: Kruithuis, 1984. 1st Edition. Slim folio, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"When I was young, all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism. It's not enough. Design should also be sensual and exciting" (Ettore Sottsass). Exhibition catalog of early works (1981-1984) of innovative interior designer Ettore Sottsass's Memphis Group, a groundbreaking collective of designers whose Art Deco, Bauhaus and Pop Art inspired furniture shaped the landscape of 1980s interior design. In protest to what Sottsass saw as the stagnant and oppressive reign of Modernist design, the Memphis Group's work utilized bold color, geometric shapes, expressive patterns and then-unconventional industrial materials. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos of pieces by core Memphis members including Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, Martine Bedin, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Marco Zanini and others. This early showcase was held from April 20 - May 27, 1984, at the Kruithuis, a 17th-century ammunition depot in the central Netherlands, which later served as an architecture school and a gallery space for the national Stediljk Museum, and today is a municipal fortress museum. Text in Dutch. Errata slip and bookseller's postcard laid in. Light rubbing to extremities. Near fine. Item #2275