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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Walking in Memphis

Mia Hamborg "Shuffle" side table, US$740.

Dumplings, what do we think of this table and,
more importantly, are we ready for a Memphis revival?

26 comments:

sanctuaryhome said...

Don't love it, especially for $740. Looks like some sort of kids toy.

brismod said...

Maybe it is too soon, but I know of some people who are already collecting and storing 80s furniture. It will happen there's no doubt about that.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Hm, perhaps fitting for the lair of the offspring of an unhappy hipster.
Would be cuter if cheaper and sold at Tarjay.
Potentially, said hipster works for Google, drives a Prius and spends his spare gas change on furni-toys from Memphis.
You've barely got space to set down a sippy cup as it is.

Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogpost.com

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

It's interesting, but it's not something I would buy. It reminds me of an abacus.

But remove the top wooden brown part and make the colors a bit more coordinating, then it could be cute and unique.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I will give it some props for being 'unique' but that's about all- it definitely looks more like a kid's toy than a table and Alcira is right- couldn't do much besides hold a sippy cup and even that is a stretch- maybe a soother:)

Jessica said...

No! but now I have that song in my head and a strange desire to rent Ruthless People - I love Bette Middler!

susieq said...

Ready or not, it’s so here. In general, I'm not a huge Memphis fan -- but I actually like this Shuffle piece. The all-white interiors that are so well liked these days are the perfect backdrop for a bit of Memphis playfulness.

David said...

Like Susieq I'm not a big fan of Memphis, I'd spend my $740 on something else. But as Memphis goes, I don't hate it.

Mo said...

Well, Memphis is already "old hat" here in the Retro Inferno furniture Mecca of the world (Kansas City, MO/KS and Lawrence, KS), having been brought smack onto the front page nearly a year ago. It is not for everyone. Moiself included. But I love appearing to be on the cutting edge of anything, or saying that I saw it here "again" first! Sniff. Alas, $740.00 is a roof overhead for a month. The real "yo" sticks to thrift stores, local recyclers, Bohemian Bits, and sale stuff anywhere.
Love this blog o' yourn, Raina! You got that way with words.
GlaMaureen

my favorite and my best said...

agree that it is more toyish than tableish.
but i wouldn't poop on it should someone give it to me.

lucitebox said...

I sell vintage clothes. I don't know enough about décor to know what was cool during the '80s. To me, Memphis always was the last word in cool back then. I couldn't afford it in the 80s and I can't afford it now.

Is the theme song to this table, "Rio" by any chance?

tulpen said...

Its cute? But I'd wanna play with it.

david john said...

Ettore Sottsass was a genius. He worked from his heart and his head.

Raina Cox said...

Mo - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

It's a rock-a-stack!

Yeah, I didn't know those had a name either.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, I do not see the table as a collector's item and, at $740 this seems very expensive for a piece of whimsy. But, what exactly is Memphis Style as I should not wish to be losing out!!

Raina Cox said...

Edith Hope - Here is a great overview of the movement:

http://designmuseum.org/design/memphis

Ceci said...

I Like it!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

its gonna take me awhile to get used to this one. Show us some Good Memphis interiors and maybe I'll be sold :)

Alison said...

Yes! I like it...well, some of it. The more mellow colors of both of these are really lovely.

ModFruGal said...

I can appreciate Memphis, but didn't really like it then or now. It may have something to with the word "contemporary" I often heard used to describe it.

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

I wanna kick it.

david john said...

for those looking for some more beautiful work by sottsass. go here!

http://www.dezeen.com/2007/08/19/ettore-sottsass-at-friedman-benda-gallery/

nkp said...

At this very moment, the five year old is working on a version of this in the keeping room. At out house we just call 'em toys.

Am I ready- nah.

Three Owls said...

well... my four year old would LOVE it... and it would take about two minutes for the first piece to go missing, and by the end of the week I'd have put the remaining piece into the crafting box...

lavalotti said...

I love a bit of Memphis and would pounce on such a piece if I were to find it looking dusty and forlorn at a fleamarket or a thrift store for sure (in my dreams.) For over 700 bucks there would be things I'd rather have instead though. Still, I think it's only a matter of time until the revival of this style kicks in.