A radical design pop-up in New York

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical at the Met Breuer draws on the iconoclastic style of the 1980s Memphis Group

Ettore Sottsass limited edition Carlton Miniature sculpture, $1,100
Ettore Sottsass limited edition Carlton Miniature sculpture, $1,100

Staking a claim to be New York’s most colourful shop this summer is the Met Breuer store, with a pop-up dedicated to the pioneering, pattern-happy Memphis Group of designers and the contemporary artists inspired by their work.

Kelly Behun’s graphic Neo Laminate No 34 chairs, $4,950 each
Kelly Behun’s graphic Neo Laminate No 34 chairs, $4,950 each

Taking its name from the 1980s collective’s founder, the Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical exhibition store (July 21-October 8) will feature technicolour pieces by Sottsass, such as limited edition Carlton Miniature sculptures ($1,100) – a quarter-size version of his iconic Carlton room divider; multifarious Mizar blown glass vases ($5,000); and dazzling silk scarves ($240) and ties ($150).

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There is a reference to that Carlton room divider in the Neolithic shelf ($1,800) from Sydney-based Page Thirty Three, while other Memphis members Marco Zanini and Martine Bedin are represented by, in the former’s case, zany Colorado and Sepik teapots (each $1,300) from 1983, and in the latter’s case by the off-kilter Cucumber vase ($650) with its angled yellow rim.

Marco Zanini Sepik teapot, $1,300
Marco Zanini Sepik teapot, $1,300

Equally playful are London-based Jamie Brown’s glass, acrylic and concrete Totem Lights ($1,450), each made of vibrantly coloured found materials, and Kelly Behun’s graphic Neo Laminate No 34 chairs ($4,950, edition of five), which juxtapose arresting black and white striped surfaces with a flash of brilliant pink or blue on the underside.

Ettore Sottsass silk scarf, $240, and tie, $150
Ettore Sottsass silk scarf, $240, and tie, $150

The sculptural Kveik candleholders ($140 each) by Norwegian firm Barmen & Brekke lend a Scandi-chic element to the collection, while in the same more muted palette are the limited edition pale-green and salmon marble stools ($3,950) from London’s Oeuffice that are inspired by traditional architectural columns.

Jamie Brown glass, acrylic and concrete Totem Lights, $1,450
Jamie Brown glass, acrylic and concrete Totem Lights, $1,450

Those unable to make it to New York can order any of the pieces by phone.

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