When Sottsass opened the first exhibition of Memphis in 1981 in Milan, it was so sensational and radical, that it immediately gained international reputation, and came to change rules and conventions, affecting design culture of the 80s across the globe. Such icons as Carlton Bookcase, the First chair, and the Super Lamp became blockbusters overnight.
And there is the legacy story. This exhibition is perceived as a revisit of the legendary first show of Memphis, which Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux opened in 1983, which was the first time Memphis was shown in France. All images courtesy of Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux.