|all photos courtesy of Dennis Zanone, Memphis-Milano|
Remember that post on Ettore Sottsass and his technicolor '80s architecture? While Sottsass' buildings are attention-grabbing to say the least, he is actually better known as the furniture and industrial designer who founded the Memphis Group. Based in Milan (not Memphis), the post-modern design studio created furniture and household objects throughout the '80s that were matched in flamboyance only by Sottsass' buildings.
Dennis Zanone, a collector of all things Memphis, contacted me soon after I featured Sottsass' architecture and sent me these incredible photos of his home. Filled with over 150 works by Sottsass and his contemporaries—and incidentally located in Memphis, Tenn.—it's basically an artful version of Pee-Wee's Playhouse on crack.
It's no surprise, then, that the impressive collection garnered the attention of Memphis' Dixon Gallery & Gardens, who opened Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design earlier this month. The retrospective exhibit gives viewers a chance to view Zanone's private collection in its entirety, from sofas and bookshelves to lamps and electronics. Click through to see a few of the pieces on display in all their vivid detail...