Memphis style has been hitting back against its reputation of tacky, post-modern, and plastic. Active from 1981 to 1988, the group, lead by Italian Ettore Sottsass named itself after the Bob Dylan song Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (lyrics here), produced now iconic furniture inspired by pop art.
Usually we wouldn’t consider Memphis our style, but there is something brave about the shapes and colors that we find a bit enticing.
We found these rings on Yoox by UK based Italian design jewelry designer Maria Francesca Pepe that incorporate the bright colors and lines of Memphis in an aesthetic we think is a bit more wearable. Unfortunately, not up on her site anymore, but Yoox has been a reliable shipper before.
Although also considered costume jewelry, ACME Studio’s deadstock pieces have serious vintage cred. The company began in 1985 when they released the jewelry of Memphis Group member Peter Shire. They are mostly known for writing instruments, but, starting this year they have been slowly releasing pieces from their archives for sale on their website.
Here are two broaches we have our eyes on below. We think they would like great with a classic striped shirt – very Comme de Garcons – or afixed to a silk scarf wrapped around your neck with a simple black or grey top.
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