The MemphisStyle Edition BMW i8 from Italia Customs
BMW i and Garage Italia Customs unveiled a new i8 to celebrate the Memphis Design Group. It was a world premiere in the extraordinary setting of the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan. With the exclusive BMW i MemphisStyle interior and exterior Design on the BMW i8, Lapo Elkann’s creative hub payed hommage to the visionary style of the artistic and cultural movement that revolutionized the world of design in the 1980s.
MICHELE DE LUCCHI, First Chairs, (1983). Artwork unknown. Material lacquered wood and tubular metal, manufactured by The Memphis Design Group, Italy. Photograph by interior designer Kelly Wearstler. / Huffington Post
Installation view of works by Memphis-group at the sales exhibition Bowie/Collector at Sotheby’s London, November 2016. Featuring works: First-chairs (1983), Polar-side tables (1984) and Flamingo-side table (1984) by Michele de Lucchi, Cucumber vases by Martine Bedin (1985).
Memphis Group Clock 1986: George Sowden, designer & architect, moved to Milano in 1970 where he started working with Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti. In 1981, He was one of the co-founders of the Memphis Group, the design movement that had a significant impact on design aesthetics in the eighties.