After last week’s post on the Memphis-Milano movement (aka Memphis Group), collector Dennis Zanone posted a link to the Flickr photos of his amazing Memphis pieces. In a display nothing short of museum quality, Zanone has showcased the best of Memphis-Milano design in a space that seems tailor-made to spotlight the features of the movement (note the flooring–pale wood, blue carpet and black and white checks, the perfect compliments to the bold colors and standout geometry of the furniture and objects).
He’s amassed an impeccable collection featuring key pieces such as Martine Bedin’s “Super” lamp, Ettore Sottsass’ “Carlton” cabinet and room divider, and Masanori Umeda’s “Tarawaya” boxing ring.
Zanone says: “I started collecting Memphis twenty years ago after I was divorced and wanted to buy furniture I liked. I’m in Memphis, TN and saw one of the first Memphis design exhibitions here in the mid 80s and fell in love with the wacky designs, and now I have a houseful and have become an obsessive collector.”
And if you agree that Zanone’s collection has museum appeal, you’re not alone. He adds, “I’m working with a museum now to hold a thirty year retrospective and they are going to offer it to tour to other museums, and I’ll keep you and the site updated.”
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Thanks for sharing your collection with us, Dennis!
Nothing says Memphis more than a room full of Memphis.
If you are intersted in Memphis Milano group, created by Ettore Sottsass in the 80's , i found the official fan page on Facebook! ( Memphis Milano ) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memphis-Milano/1614… And a great web site!!
Thanks so much for sending this link and for your comment!
This is great! We were able to see the “Carlton” piece this weekend at the Dallas Museum of Art along with other 80’s furnishings. The exhibit is called “Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present”, but it’s not a large exhibit.
Thanks for the info about the exhibit! Sounds like a fun trip!