New York: Rizzoli, 1988. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, spine and upper wrap lettered in white.
Official sourcebook of 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. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates of photos, drawings and reproductions, most full-bleed, highlighting the group's later large-scale projects in commercial, retail and residential architecture and interiors. With essays by Barbara Radice, Doug Tompkins, Luciano Torri, Herbert Muschamp, Jean Pigozzi, Philippe Thomé, Marco Zanini, and Sottsass: "I could risk saying that this book is not a catalogue of more or less monumental and deposited products but the book of our nostalgia for a few years (from 1980 to 1987) spent in four or five rooms, maybe seven or eight – always the same ones..." Translated from Italian by Rodney Stringer. Issued simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. Early owner inkstamp to half-title, ink notation to verso of upper wrap. Spine slightly rolled and creased, small abrasion to upper joint, light rubbing to spine-ends and corners. Very good. Item #250