Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917.

In 1939 he graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Torino

One of the most influential and important figures of the last century, Architect and Designer, he has participated in all radical movements whether created from the 70s and 80s.

In 1981 he founded the Memphis group, a group that has radically changed the scenario of Italian and world design.

Honored with numerous international awards, was winner of the Golden Compass in 1959.

He designed the first laptop "Valentina" by Olivetti.

He died in 2007 at the age of 90 years

Matteo Thun

Born 1952 in Bolzano, Italy.

studies under Oskar Kokoschka at the Salzburg Academy.

architectural doctorate in Florence in 1975 with Adolfo Natalini.

moves to milan in 1978, makes the acquaintance of Ettore Sottsass and starts working in his studio.

Co-founding member in 1981 of Memphis Group, the design movement that so shaped events in the Eighties.

The Vienna academy for Applied Arts appoints him to the Chair of Product Design and Ceramics in 1982.

Terminates his work with Memphis and founds his own Studio Matteo Thun in Milan in 1984.

Awarded three times the Compasso d’Oro for good design.

Creative director from 1990 until 1993 for Swatch.

Side Hotel Hamburg, Hotel of the year 2001.

Gala spa award, vigilius mountain resort 2004.

New look at the façade of “palazzo del cinema” during 61st venice film festival, September 2004 and billboard.

Selected for "Compasso d’Oro" 2004 design prize for “Girly” by Catalano.

Inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fale, december 2004.

George Sowden

George Sowden was born in Leeds, UK in 1942. He studied architecture at Gloucestershire College of Art in the 1960’s. He moved to Milano in 1970 where he started working with Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti. In 1981, he was one of the co-founders of the Memphis Group, the design movement that had a significant impact on design aesthetics in the eighties.

The same year he founded his design studio Sowden Design, and has since collaborated with numerous world famous companies.

George Sowden has received numerous awards.

Nathalie Du Pasquier

Nathalie du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1957.

She has lived and worked in Milano since 1979.

Until 1986 she worked as a designer and was a founder member of Memphis for which she designed many textiles, carpets, furniture and objects.

When the group broke up in 87, painting became her main activity.

Martine Bedin

Martine Bedin was born in Bordeaux in 1957.

In 1981 she was one of the founding members of the Memphis group,

He works as an architect, industrial designer and professor.

Her works are exhibited in many museums and private collections.

Gerard Taylor

Gerard Taylor graduated in design from Glasgow School of Art and received his master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London in the 1980’s along with the generation of designers that included Ross Lovegrove, Jonathan Ive and Jasper Morrison. Upon graduation, Ettore Sottsass invited Taylor to join his design office in Milan to work on projects ranging from furniture for Knoll to worldwide retail stores for Esprit as well as to collaborate on the second and subsequent collections for Memphis, one of the most innovative and influential movements in international design.

Marco Zanini

Marco Zanini was born in Trento in 1954.

He graduated in architecture at the University of Florence and perfects his studies in the US.

In 1981 he was one of the founding members of the Memphis group.

He works as an architect, designer, and has lectured on architecture and design in Japan, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Chile and Spain.

His works are exhibited in many museums and private collections in various.

Massimo Iosa Ghini

Massimo Iosa Ghini was born in 1959, studied architecture in Florence and graduated at the Politecnico di Milano. Since 1985 he has participated in the forefront of Italian design, creating illustrations, objects and environments for Bolidismo group he founded

He took part of  the Memphis group with Ettore Sottsass. In the same years he opened Studio Iosa Ghini, beginning as an architect and designer.

He designed many architectural spaces, exhibition, cultural and commercial installations, design of stores chains all over the world.

He holds conferences and lectures at various universities, including the Polytechnic of Milan, the Domus Academy, the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Elisava School in Barcelona, the Design Fachhochschule in Cologne and the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

His works are exhibited in many museums and private collections.

His projects have received the Red Hot Award, the Roscoe Award and the Good Design Award 2001 and 2003 by the Chicago Atheneume.

Michele De Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara and graduated in architecture in Florence. During the period of radical and experimental architecture he was a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis. His architectural designs have been mainly for office buildings in Japan, in Germany, in Switzerland  and in Italy.

He has taken care of numerous art and design exhibitions and has planned buildings for museums as Triennale di Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma and Neues Museum Berlin.

His professional work has always gone side-by-side with a personal exploration of architecture, design, technology and crafts.

Peter Shire

Peter Shire  is a Los Angeles artist. Shire was born in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works. His sculpture, furniture and ceramics have been exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Japan and Poland; Shire has been associated with the Memphis Group of designers, has worked on the Design Team for the XXIII Olympiad with the American Institute of Architects, and has designed public sculptures in Los Angeles and other California cities. 
Shire has been honored by awards for his contribution to the cultural life of the City of Los Angeles.

Marco Zanuso

Marco Zanuso was born in Milan, when he lives and works, and he graduated in Architecture in Florence, with an experimental thesis on radical architecture and its main characters: Superstudio, Michele De Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, Ufo, Mendini ed Ettore Sottsass

He spent long periods in France, Spain, and especially in the United States discovering and getting involved in the architecture of Arcosanti, Land Art, Berkeley, and the first experiments on solar energy. In Vienna with artists and architects founded Rastlos, a group that performs advice and research on issues of urban planning, organizing exhibitions and seminars.

After Florence he worked with his uncle Marco Zanuso Senior both on architecture and design.

In 1991 he opened the studio in Milan, with Daniel Nava, that deals with product design, architectural design of residential buildings, offices interiors, private homes and outfitting exhibitions.

As designer he worked with various companies including Memphis.

Aldo Cibic

Architect and Designer, was born in Schio (Vi) in 1955. In 1977 he moved to Milan to work with Ettore Sottsass, becoming his partner in 1980. That same year, 1980, marked the creation of Memphis, of which Cibic was one of the designers and founders, under the guidance of Sottsass. Today the main activities take place in Milan, with Cibic&Partners following urban, architecture and interior projects, and Vicenza with CibicWorkshop involved in design and research. He also teaches at the Domus Academy in Milan, at Politecnico in Milan and at the University of Architecture of Venice. He is Honorary Professor at Tongiji University, Shanghai.

Javier Mariscal

He was born in Valencia in 1950. In 1971 he moved to Barcelona to study Graphic Design at the Elisava School. There he came into contact with comic book writers and illustrators of the time, such as Mique Beltrán, Daniel Torres and Sento. Together they set up "El rollo enmascarado", a group specialised in underground comics. In the 1980s, he worked as interior designer.

In these he collaborated with Memphis

Among his best known works are Cobi, the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. One of this latest works is “Chico&Rita”, an animated film directed together with Fernando Trueba. The film was nominated for an Oscar and received the Goya award for best animated film.

Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata studied architecture at Tokyo Polytechnic in Tokyo until 1953. Then he spent a year working for Teikokukizai, the Japanese furniture manufacturer. Until 1956 Shiro Kuramata studied interior design at the Kuwazawa Institute for Design in Tokyo In 1965 he founded his own design practice. As an interior designer, Shiro Kuramata designed more than three hundred bars and restaurants and also designed furniture. Shiro Kuramata became famous overnight in 1977 for the S-shaped, curvilinear "Drawer in an Irregular Form", a piece of storage furniture in black stained ash with the drawer fronts lacquered white.

In the 1980s, Shiro Kuramata designed numerous sensational pieces of furniture, for which he used unusual materials or invented entirely new uses.

Andrea Branzi

Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, born il Florence, where he graduated in 1967, lives and works in Milano.

From 1964 to 1974 he was partner of Archizoom Associati, first vanguard group internationally known, whose project are preserved at Centro Studi e Archivio della  Comunicazione in  Parma and at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

He was one of the founders of the Domus Academy, the first international post-graduate school of design.

A key member of the Studio Alchimia, founded in 1976, he went on to associate with the Memphis Group in the 1980s.

Professor and chairman of the School of Interior Design at the Politecnico di Milano.

Giovanni Levanti

Giovanni Levanti was born in Palermo where he graduated in Architecture. As he was interested in the artistic avant-garde movements and radical design he moved to Milan. Here he attended Domus Academy and started his collaboration with Andrea Branzi.

In 1991 he opened his own studio.His work was immediately recognised and appreciated: he took part  in the exhibition “12 New Memphis” and he collaborated with renowned design brands-

Some of his products and designs have been selected for prestigious international exhibition

Alessandro Mendini

Architect Alessandro Mendini
was born in Milan in 1931. He directed the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Monographs on his work and his projects with the Alchimia group have been published in different languages.
His focus is on objects, furniture, concept interiors, paintings, installations and architecture. International collaborations include Alessi, Philips, Cartier, Swatch and Hermès. Alessandro Mendini is a design and image consultant to many different kinds of companies, including ones in the Far East.  In 1979 and 1981 he was awarded the Italian Compasso d’Oro of design; in France he carries the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; he is the recipient of an honorary title from the Architectural League of New York and was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Milan Polytechnic. At the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Mendini worked as professor of design.
His work is featured in many museums and private collections.

Masanori Umeda

Was born in 1941 at Kanagawa in Japan. He obtained his diploma from the Kuwasawa School of Design in Tokio in 1962. 

In 1967 he went to live in Milan and work in the studio of Achille Piergiacomo Castiglioni. From 1970 to 1979 he was Design Consultant for Olivetti. In 1980 he returned to Japan and opened his own studio. U-Metadesign Inc. Among his most important projects in 1981 is the Tawaraya bed for Memphis.He has participated in several international exhibitions and won the Braun Prize in Germany in 1968, the Japanese Associated Commercial Designer's Prize in 1984 and the first prize for glass design in 1986.

Michael Graves

Born in Indianapolis, he teaches architecture in Princeton since 1962. His architectural works include the Portland Building and the Humana Building, the extension of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Newark Museum. 
He designed the bed “Stanhope” and the dressing toilette “Plaza” for Memphis. 
Michael Graves died in 2015.

Beppe Caturegli

Beppe Caturegli was formed in the cultural climate Radical Architecture in Florence. After graduating in architecture in 1982, he moved to Milan to begin a long and intense collaboration with Ettore Sottsass, the Memphis group and theTerrazzo magazine.

In 1987, along with Formica Giovannella they decide to open together the study that bears their name, Caturegli Formica Associates Architects.

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