Memphis Design was an inspiring group of 20th-century Italian designers and architects who created interior unlike any other in their time. Ettore Sottsass, the founder of the group, challenged notions of structure and straight lines with unique symmetries of furniture. While the pieces were deemed inequivalent and ridiculous, few admirers such as Dennis Zanone collected a fair bit of Memphis design items. Today, these designs are on high demand and are marked unique and fashionable. This coming October, Wright Auctions will be presenting one of such a lot of 166 from Zanone collection.
The Tawaraya (Boxing Ring) by Masanori Umeda is a multi-purpose and an iconic piece that will turn heads in the auction. If one is a Memphis Design fan, the item is a must-have as it can serve as a sofa as well as a bed with the highest estimation of $15,000. It is also said that Masanori called the item a “Conversation Pit”. The next item that is worthy of attention is from the legend Sottsass himself. His Max bookcase is among the limited thirty-seven in 1987. Made of Birdseye maple with one drop-front bar and two drawers, the item is fascinating along with many others in the collection. To find more and bid for the items visit Wright Auctions.
Lot Categories:Furniture (165)
# of Lots:166
Price Range:$900 - $15,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Ettore Sottsass, Max bookcase|| Estimate: |
|Masanori Umeda, Tawaraya|| Estimate: |
|Ettore Sottsass, Carlton bookcase|| Estimate: |
|Peter Shire, Big Sur sofa|| Estimate: |
|Masanori Umeda, Ginza Robot cabinet|| Estimate: |