The Memphis company was founded in 1981 to produce products designed by
Ettore Sottsass and by a group of young architects and designers gathered around
Memphis soon becames a cultural phenomenon as well as a laboratory for the
development of new projectual ideas by means of research into materials, forms,
colors, signs and contents. This was a moment of great cultural ferment, set in
motion by avant-garde industrial design of the 1960s and 1970s.
Among his products, displayed in museums and in the homes of the most important
collectors, are the Carlton bookshelves, a true icon of Italian design in the world.
The group dissolved in 1987 but the Memphis Company continued its work and
presented in 1989 and 1991 the Meta Memphis collections designed by artists such
as Mimmo Paladino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero e Boetti, Franz West, Marco
Bagnoli, Sandro Chia, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Sol Lewitt and others who gave their
talents to a project for domestic furniture.
In 1997, in the historic center of Milan, opens the "Design Post" Art Gallery, which
will become the new brand with which the company will edit and realize the new
collections of furniture and home furnishings design.
Memphis Company avails itself, for the creation of its collections, of the
collaboration of Italian and foreign designers, some well known to the general
public, others less so, consistently with the aim of giving more space to young
The production of the single items is entrusted to craftsmen who work in close
contact with the designers and who utilize continually updated handcraft production
techniques. As a result, the articles produced are never exactly identical to each
other, thereby maintaining the unique nature of the handmade item.
Distribution is entrusted to qualified retailers present throughout the world.
Customers include, moreover, museums, foundations and important collectors