APRIL 13 – JULY 13, 2014
Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design
ORGANIZED BY THE DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS, MEMPHIS, TN
A retrospective look at the flamboyant colorful furniture and household objects produced by the Memphis collective between 1981 and 1988. Based in Milan, these iconoclastic architects and designers helped define the look of a generation. Memphis-Milano includes over 150 iconic works that date from its founding in 1981 through 1988, when the group disbanded. By then, Memphis was already part of design history.
Currently showing at Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, TN, is what I think must be one of the largest personal collections of Memphis-Milano designed furniture and accessories in the world. Owned by Dennis Zanone of Memphis, TN, the collection normally fills his house and now fills a prominent gallery.
Xeno was based in Chicago in the early 1980s when the Memphis collection was introduced in Milan – and City/Chicago was its first retailer in the U.S. We were hired to design two posters promoting the line in 1983 and ’84. Dennis has examples of both in his collection and are on display in the exhibition at Dixon Gallery.
When the posters were new they won many design awards and are considered important examples of graphic design from the ’80s time period. – CHRIS
Gallery photos ©Zanone Studio
1983 | Art Direction and Design: Chris Garland | Illustration: David Lee Csicsko
1984 | Art Direction and Design: Chris Garland | Illustration: Michael Glascott