George Sowden, ‘Interior 3 (Limited Edition Silkscreen)’, 1984, The Modern Archive

Framed in black lacquered wood frame with cream rag mat and glass. From our founders collection, included in numerous exhibitions, collected as the set of three.
George Sowden was a founding member of the Memphis group and his work was included in each of the four collections. His early notable designs include the D'Antibes Cabinet, Oberoi Armchair, Palace Chairs, Metropole Clock, as well as patterns for laminates and textiles. In this Interior we see his patterns used for wallpaper, carpets and flooring, along with his Palace chairs, D'Antibes cabinet, and major Savoy cabinet. Note a framed version of this silkscreen graces the wall. It is easy to imagine that the Memphis designers simply concocted radical designs without a thought as to how we would live with them. In truth, they were deeply committed to a vision of life with new ideas of design. Sowden's silkscreens were important for placing New Design into the context of domestic life.

Series: Edition of 99.

Signature: Signed George J. Sowden 1984.

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Traveled with the U.S. tour of the Memphis exhibition from Memphis, TN to the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York.

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About George Sowden