Design editor Kai Ethier shares one of 2016’s biggest trends.
1970s Italian style was one of our top design trends in our January 2016 issue, but when we were putting together the story, there was another retro — and equally inspiring — look on our radar.
Playful and vibrant, Memphis style came out of the work of The Memphis Group, an architectural and design collective formed in Milan in 1981. The group was known for producing furniture, fabric and accessories in geometric shapes and bright colors — and in the last couple of years, we’ve seen a number of nods to their signature look.
While today’s hues are slightly toned down, and materials like plastic have been swapped for natural woods and warm metals, these contemporary pieces embrace the quirky forms and lively color of Memphis style to a bold effect.