16 Awesome Examples of Vintage Memphis-Style Pieces From Etsy

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You may have noticed that over the past few years, design has gotten a bit, um, what's the word ... kooky? We've been seeing motifs that feel extra '80s; kitschy zig-zag stuff; crazy colors. A lot of that stuff has its roots in a 1980s design movement called the Memphis Group, which was founded by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, and brought together a global group of designers interested in breaking away from austerity and functionalism, with furniture and decor that was purposefully shocking and even garish, at times.

If you're interested in collecting Memphis-style pieces, look no further than Etsy, which has plenty of vintage objects that are either directly from the core group of Memphis designers, or inspired by that extra-'80s look. Check out these offerings to get an idea of what you might be able to score:

Vintage Postmodern '80s Shohei Mihara Mirror, $344.04

1980s MAS Italy Memphis Design Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set, $120

Reisenthel Tape Me1980s Design Cassette Box, $53

Memphis School Yellow Steel Chair and Ottomans (set of two), $1,200

Vintage Dorothy Hafner Mugs, $82

Vintage Purple Spiral Chair, $900

Pair Heavy Vintage '80s Memphis Style Zig Zag Table Lamps, $350

Vintage 1980s Stoha Pitcher, $17.17

Fabbian Italy Corner Wall Sconce, $165

1980s Modern Vanity Swivel Mirror, $295

Dorothy Hafner Ceramic Sculpture, $220

Phillips 1980s Wall Clock, $137.38

1980s Desk Lamp, $46.26

Memphis Design Wall Lamp, $125

1985 Taitu San Marco Porcelain Coffee Set, $45

Flora Keramiek Vintage 1980s Candle Holders, $74.99


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