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.


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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