Memphis srl is the owner of the brands Memphis-Milano, Meta Memphis, and Post Design, reflecting three different moments of its history.
The Memphis-Milano brand originates in the cultural movement founded in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass and a group of designers linked to him by direct acquaintance: many of them were young people who frequented or were members of his studio, along with other internationally renowned designers and architects. The movement immediately became a worldwide phenomenon, destined to end on a creative level a few years later, in 1988, when the group officially broke up.
From the Memphis experience, the Meta Memphis project came about, giving rise to two collections, in 1989 and 1991, no longer put together by designers but by artists. Meta Memphis developed the philosophical reflection on living that had characterized Memphis, taking it to extremes, producing apparently useless hybrid objects that are both artworks and furnishing accessories.
Since 1997 onwards, the Meta Memphis experience has been followed by the activity of Post Design, a production brand, but also the name of the Milanese gallery dedicated to the display and distribution of all the company’s products. Through annual exhibitions, Post Design pursues the aim of recording and documenting transformations in taste and esthetics: hence its laboratory-like, eclectic and non-homogeneous character of the collections.
The three brands owned by Memphis srl, although founded at different times, have since continued to produce the same furniture and objects, following the technical drawings provided by the designers, using the same materials and processes. In this sense, they are not reproductions, but original pieces for all intents and purposes, regardless of the year of production.
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