Marco Zanini - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    ‘Holiday 2010’, Moss, New York, November 27, 2010 – January 8, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the rule breakers who collaborated with Ettore Sottsass in 1980 in the creation of a project originally called The New Design, rechristened Memphis, Marco Zanini contributed to a collection intended to liberate himself and his colleagues from the Modernist doctrines of ‘good taste’. Using such ‘tools’ as unconventional - even gaudy - materials, including kitsch-patterned plastic laminates, and ‘industrial’ materials ironically infused with glitter, Zanini and his friends were ‘quoting from suburbia’ (as Sottsass described it). It was a revolt against the Design Establishment, where color and decoration were taboo. The ‘Roma’ chair, designed by Zanini in 1986, continues the battle. Seemingly constructed of pre-fabricated, leftover ‘blocks’ of Modernism, this glittery green throne could have been commissioned by The Wizard of Oz or Maxfield Parrish’s King Cole. Like most well articulated revolts, this chair has, ironically, become an icon.


Pair of ‘Roma’ armchairs

designed 1986
Painted fiberglass.
Each: 35 x 40.5 x 36.5 in (88.9 x 102.9 x 92.7 cm)
Manufactured by Post Design for Memphis, Italy (2).

$8,000 - 12,000 


16 October 2012
New York