If you are child of the 90’s like I am, you are probably familiar with Memphis-inspired design, from your trapper keeper to your attire in first grade. Or how about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Saved by the Bell? These wacky brightly colored, shape-filled motifs were everywhere when I was a kid, so it might seem weird to see nods to them now, nearly 30 years later.
While I don’t have time to get into a total history lesson here, please note that Memphis-style actually began in Milan in 1981 spearheaded by Ettore Sottsass. You can learn a lot more here and here on your own time.
But I am really digging this new Memphis-inspired style that seems more appropriate for my minimalist loving contemporary designs. I think the key here is to do it subtly, that’s why I decided to do a low-key Memphis-inspired round up for this week. One thing that you can add anywhere, which I’m sure you know is very on-trend right now is terrazzo. This was a major inspiration of the Memphis movement, as it was once an unfashionable flooring material which they began using in furniture pieces such as tables. Terrazzo seems to be everywhere these days, and likely warrants a round up all of its own.
I think I’m much more enjoying this current re-boot of Memphis style as the focus is generally more on the shapes and the colors are more toned down that what they were in the 80’s and 90’s.
Dusen Dusen is a major player in this revival, with collaborations with West Elm a few years back, and currently Keds and Uniqlo. I’m loving everything they are doing, and yes, I just bought a pair of their Keds from the last place I could find them in my size, thanks ban.do!