Audacious Memphis Group Pioneer Nathalie Du Pasquier Trades Design for Art
In very good condition. Offered unframed.
Nathalie Du Pasquier is best known as one of the founding members of Memphis and the designer of many of their textile designs. An artist, not originally trained in design, she brought a fresh, exuberant, energy to the group as seen in her designs for both laminates and textiles. George Sowden and Nathalie Du Pasquier collaborated on numerous drawings of interiors, towns and cities expanding the view of Memphis design. In this drawing, the pair of lamp posts have an ceremonial and totemic presence, yet the colors and shapes lead one to imagine them as a male and female couple. The male in a bright blue is standing slightly taller, and his female partner is in soft pink with more rounded forms. Both designs incorporate a main light source and several satellite bulbs. Consider the amazing streetscape, an alternating row of these would create.
Series: One of a series of drawings for designs for Street Furniture.
Signature: Hand-signed in pencil NDP 84 at bottom right corner.
Image rights: The Modern Archive
Nathalie Du Pasquier 1984
In 1979, artist and designer Nathalie du Pasquier moved to Milan, where she became a founding member of the influential and decade-defining Memphis Group, along with Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, and others, creating patterns for decorated surfaces, such as textiles and furniture. Despite her design success, in 1987 she shifted her focus to her fine-art practice, and painting in particular. Her paintings and works on paper feature geometric furniture, lamps, and the unexpected and energetic color relationships for which the Memphis group is known.
French, b. 1957, Bordeaux, France, based in Milan, Italy