Artist/Designer: Martine Bedin
b. 1957, Bordeaux, France
Title: Cucumber Vase (Prototype) 1985
Dimensions: 12.25" h x 12" x 7"
Details: Prototype/Production Sample sent to Bloomingdale's executive design team for review of the Memphis production of ceramics for the department store's "Ecco L'Italia" event in 1985. A special finish in the yellow top features caramel color swirls, proposed as an optional glazing technique. No stamp or mark is on the bottom as this is a preproduction prototype. Overall very good condition with one minuscule chip on the edge of the patterned body and a scuff in the black glaze on the base. A rare opportunity to acquire a documented Memphis prototype.
Notes from the Archive: In September 1985, Bloomingdale's in New York opened "Ecco L'Italia," a seven-week event that displayed Italy's classic and modern designs in everything from fashion to home furnishings. 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, among them Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice, Aldo Cibic, 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 furnishings, wallpaper and rugs. Memphis ceramics were featured in a special display in the gift department and included production versions of the Cucumber Vase, the Carrot Vase Broccoli Bowl, Celery and Tomato trays, and a series of plates, for example, Rucola, Indivia, Lettuce.
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