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