Marco Zanini, one of the founding members of the Memphis design collective, traveled to New York personally to present drawings and ceramic prototypes to Bloomingdale's executives for their upcoming seven-week fashion and furniture event in 1985, Ecco L'Italia." The New York Times called the enterprise "A Celebration Con Brio of Italian Creativity." The more than 1700 individuals who attended the festive black-tie opening included famous designers from Italy and beyond, including Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice, Aldo Cibic, Marco Zanini, Emilio Pucci, Michael Graves, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli. "Ecco La Casa" was the title of a series of model rooms that included a striking design by Memphis designer and member of Sottsass Associati Aldo Cibic which was furnished with Memphis patterns, wallpaper and rugs. Memphis ceramics were featured in a special display in the gift department and included production versions of the Broccoli Bowl, Carrot and Cucumber vases, Celery and Tomato trays, and a series of plates, for example, Rucola, Indivia and Lettuce. Zanini's three-level fruit bowl-a round blue base on a red square topped with a white bowl-was produced as part of Bloomingdale's collection. It is still in production today. This drawing represents a rare opportunity to own the one-of-a-kind proposal for a Memphis ceramic still in production.
Series: Unique, one-of-a-kind drawing as part of a series of drawings of proposals for ceramics by the Memphis designers for sale at Bloomingdale's
Signature: Stamped in red at bottom: marco zanini, 29 Mar 1985. Inscribed by hand: COLORI PER LA COPPA PER BLOOMINGDALES. Also noted with numbers as references to ceramic color options.
Image rights: The Modern Archive
Direct acquisition from Bloomingdale's executive