Q:

What are the characteristics of Memphis design?

A:

Quick Answer

The Memphis design movement, which began in Milan, Italy, during the early 1980s, focused on creating bright, colorful and innovative lighting, furniture and textiles. The products designed by members of the Memphis Group were unconventional and often sacrificed functionality in favor of artistic impact. The focus on aesthetic elements represents the key design factor, with unusual choices of colors, textures and materials.

 Know More

Full Answer

The Memphis design movement took its inspiration from pop art, Art Deco and 1950s kitsch. Many design-watchers of the time found the movement's product designs tasteless, but the items were also considered groundbreaking. They were in stark contrast to what was viewed at the time as representative of "good design." The Memphis movement was a reaction to 1970s minimalist design concepts, which were seen by the group as humorless, colorless and devoid of individualism and personality. In contrast to the prevailing design concept, the group designed products that were colorful, bright and often shocking. Many of the designs alluded to earlier or exotic styles and were based on asymmetrical shapes.

Founded by Ettore Sottsass between 1980 and 1981, the inspiration for the American-sounding name of the Italian design movement came from the Bob Dylan song, "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again." The song was played repeatedly during the group's first organized meeting in December of 1980.

Learn more about Architecture

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is cloud architecture?

    A:

    Cloud architecture refers to the design of systems and components needed for cloud computing. Typically, these components include the front-end and back-end platforms, a network like the Internet and cloud-based delivery.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the Bauhaus principles of style and design?

    A:

    The Bauhaus principles of style and design are based on a minimalist approach which features clean lines with bold, simple coloration. The style has been reflected in buildings and home furnishings since the Bauhaus Art School was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar Republic Germany in 1919. The Bauhaus architectural design influence has since spread worldwide and features a focus on sustainability and a combining of form and function.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the best design for a pasta bridge?

    A:

    The best design for a pasta bridge is using multiple triangles for stability. Spaghetti has strong axial tension but weak compression, so it is best to make compression lengths as short as possible and add internal web members.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some features of modern home plans?

    A:

    Two key aspects of modern home plans are the "open concept" design, which blends kitchen and living areas into one large entertaining center, and the use of lots of glass to let in abundant natural light. Additional aspects of modern design are a clean-lined minimalism for an uncluttered look, cleverly hidden storage and the blending of indoor and outdoor spaces into alfresco living rooms.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore