Artist/ Designer: Ettore Sottsass
b. 1917, Innsbruck, Austria
Title: Memphis Milano Silk Tie
Medium: Silk with hand finished, rolled edge
Dimensions: 2" wide x 59"
Details: Pattern is from an architectural drawing designed by Ettore Sottsass for use in this textile design. Each tie is unique, as it is hand cut from the larger pattern which repeats in the silk fabric. This tie is from new production from Memphis Milano from the original 1984 design.
Notes from the Archive: Graphic pattern is at the very foundation of the Memphis ethos, and its revolutionary use in Memphis plastic laminate and textile designs. In 1982, the second Memphis collection shown at the Milan Fair, included cotton textiles featuring graphic patterns by Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanini, and Nathalie du Pasquier. Originally as a promotional idea, they had a few neckties, and bow ties, camp shirts and swimsuits cut from their fabrics. (Images from original brochure included below.) As the wearables gained popularity with the design cognoscenti, a more luxurious silk collection of ties and scarves was produced in 1984. Although the Memphis ties are very popular neckwear, Memphis ties are also included in numerous museum collections. (Please note we are offering this tie in four color ways.)
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