When the Milan-based collective Memphis was founded in 1981, the work presented by its members was sensational. Nobody spoke about ‘Postmodernism,’ but the whimsical, colorful forms which were so fresh, young, and unconventional, came to capture the imagination and to transform the taste of many tastemakers worldwide. One of them was Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of Louis Vuitton, and the other Karl Lagerfeld, who, through his friendship with Memphis’ founder Ettore Sottsass acquired some one-of-a-kind pieces created by the Italian group throughout its six-year existence. The couturier used the Memphis pieces to furnish his apartment in Monte Carlo. This entire collection was sold through Sotheby's in 1991 and while the pieces are no longer available, the catalog has become a collectible commodity in its own right.