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George J. Sowden
Memphis is the great cultural phenomenon of the '80s that has revolutionised the creative and commercial logic of the design world. Created on the initiative of Ettore Sottsass and a group of young Milanese architects and designers, shortly to be joined by some of the most famous names on the internatinal design scene, Memphis overturned all the existing preconceptions around the idea of "iving". With Ettore Sottsass as the backbone of the group, Memphis abolished the creative limits previously dictated by the industry, and Design assumed a new expressivity in the form of new shapes, materials and patterns. Thus, the Memphis movement has become an almost mythical symbol of "New Design" and its influence is still strong in many areas of production and beyond. Designed in 1983, chair in colored lacquered wood.
George J. Sowden
George J. Sowden is a designer and product developer. He studied Architecture at Gloucestershire College of Art in the ‘60s. He 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. In the same year he founded his design studio through which he developed his activity as a consultant for industrial design, while continuing to develop his research work. In 2010 he founded the SOWDEN brand. Sowden’s interest in working with craftsmen and small companies, as well as in the practice of design and decoration, began in the 1970s and continues to this day. In 1990 his experimentation and research are objects of the exhibition “George J. Sowden Designing 1970–1990” organized by the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux.
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