Artist/Designer: George Sowden
b. 1942, Leeds, UK
Title: D'Antibes Cabinet 1981
Medium: Lacquered wood, glass
Dimensions: 63" h x 24" x 15.75"
Manufacturer: Memphis Milano. Made in Italy.
Details: Glass front cabinet with red lacquered doors and yellow trim. The yellow legs are tipped in blue to match the blue at the top of the cabinet. The Sowden- designed pattern on the sides is stenciled in red and blue on the yellow background. The grey lacquered interior of the cabinet includes two matching shelves with optional placement in four heights. Metal Memphis/Milano identification tag on back of cabinet. New in original crate, small area on back top corner where lacquer was scuffed in transit.
Notes from the Archive: George Sowden, an English industrial designer and a founding member of the Memphis group, was prominently featured in every Memphis collection. The D'Antibes Cabinet premiered with the original 1981 collection that rocked the Milan Furniture Fair and the international design world. It is easy to imagine that the Memphis designers simply concocted radical designs without a thought as to how we would live with them. In truth, they were deeply committed to a vision of everyday life with new ideas of design. Sowden's designs are most noted for placing New Design into the context of domestic life. This is a formal cabinet, re-imagined in classic Memphis style!
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