Following up on its Nano block figurines from three months ago, Saint Laurent has teamed up with Memphis, an Italian design and architectural company, for its next Rive Droite offering. Anthony Vaccarello has also launched an exhibition this time around, as well as a collaboration capsule.
Memphis, which is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, was established by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 and has since become one of the most recognizable brands in the world of art and design. It is a cultural movement that was recognized for reinterpreting forms, sizes, colors, and materials to produce bold and unique architecture and interior design. And now, Memphis and Saint Laurent Rive Droite have teamed together to make that collection come to life.
Memphis’ biggest hits, including the CARLTON room divider from Ettore Sottsass, the RING bed from Masanori Umeda, and the RIVIERA chairs from Michele De Lucchi, were shown in the exhibition held at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite shops both in Los Angeles and Paris. A full collection of ceramic objects, homeware pieces, and textile accessories such as ashtrays, glasses, plates, vases, and decorations like scarves and pouches were added to the lineup, as historical publications that document Memphis’ past (all of which are still available for sale online and in-store).
Vaccarello then developed a capsule collection that incorporated the unmistakable features of Memphis’ paintings into two multicolored and checkerboard designed sweatshirts with two skirts, one shirt, and two pairs of sneakers to go along with it and round off the joint project.