Audacious Memphis Group Pioneer Nathalie Du Pasquier Trades Design for Art
Designed as part of the 1985 Memphis Collection. Additionally a small edition of this design was selected for Bloomingdale's "Ecco L'Italia" event in their New York flagship store.
Signature: Printed on bottom: Memphis Milano, Made in Italy, Design: Nathalie du Pasquier. This example in pristine condition in original carton.
Image rights: © The Modern Archive
A self-taught artist, Nathalie Du Pasquier’s colorful compositions and geometric graphics grace numerous decorated surfaces, including textiles, carpets, plastic laminates, furniture, and objects. In 1979, she moved to Milan where she helped to establish the Memphis Group in 1981.
Du Pasquier drew inspiration for her early work from the punk scene, African-printed textiles, and her meeting with future-husband George Sowden. From these influences, she has established for herself a visual vocabulary, she sees it as “an automatic language I would use on anything”. This visual vocabulary of Du Pasquier’s particularly explores the notion of creating an illusion of space on a flat plane. As well as her highly recognizable contributions to the Memphis Group, Du Pasquier has collaborated with a number of well-known brands, including Fiorucci (early 1980s), Wrong For Hay and Uniqlo (2013), and American Apparel (2014) and there have been numerous successful gallery exhibitions for her drawings and paintings.
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