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Maximalists and fashionistas unite: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Memphis Milano, Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello is hosting a pair of shoppable exhibitions of the group’s most iconic works in the Saint Laurent Rive Droite concept stores in Los Angeles and Paris. The exhibit is the first of this scale with pieces available to purchase. What’s more—in a match made in design heaven–Saint Laurent has launched an accompanying Memphis-inspired capsule collection.
The exhibitions, a collaboration between Saint Laurent and the Memphis Group, will include a curated collection of furniture, including the ring bed designed by Masanori Umeda, the Carlton room divider by Ettore Sottsass, chairs by Michele De Lucchi, as well as rare books on the history of Memphis design. The collection will also include a selection of home decor and accessories—all available to purchase.
The Memphis Group, which was founded in 1981 in Sottsass’s Milan living room with Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini, Martine Bedin, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden, is best known for its bold designs in primary colors often appearing in radical shapes and patterns.
Saint Laurent—a fashion house that has famously riffed on movements like De Stijl and Pop Art—has released its own roster of covetable items as well, one that marries classic Saint Laurent with the lively Memphis spirit. Under the creative direction of Vaccarello, the capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories includes fuchsia-printed mini dresses, sweatshirts with Memphis’s iconic checkerboard print, a patterned button-down, and leopard-print sneakers.
The exhibition will run from May 19 to June 23 in the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles, but you can shop some of the items online, right here.
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