George Sowden, ‘Town for Memphis Poster’, 1983, The Modern Archive
George Sowden, ‘Town for Memphis Poster’, 1983, The Modern Archive

Very hard to find poster, especially in good condition. George Sowden was a founding member of the Memphis group, and his work was prominently featured in each of the first four collections. His early notable designs include the D'Antibes cabinet, Palace chair, Oberoi armchair, as well as imaginative patterns for laminates and textiles. He collaborated with Nathalie du Pasquier on numerous visions of imaginary interiors, towns and cities; further developing the design collective's vocabulary. In Town for Memphis, Sowden uses marble like patterns in bright hues, stripes, checkerboard patterns and detailed fenestration to add specific visual interest to each building while still maintaining a collective architectural style. 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 drawings and silkscreens were extremely important in placing New Design into the context of domestic life.

Series: Not numbered

Signature: Printed Town for Memphis George Sowden at bottom on poster

Image rights: The Modern Archive

U.S. Memphis traveling exhibition show at ten venues from Memphis,TN to NYC's Cooper Hewitt Museum

Featured in color in the book Memphis: Research Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design by Barbara Radice.

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