Cutting-Edge Design for an Innovative Performer: Bowie/Collector Part III Highlights:
Bowie was a voracious collector of the works of eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group. The final session of the Bowie/Collector sale series will comprise pieces of cutting edge Italian design fitting for the most innovative and daring musician of his generation. Click here to discover some of the highlights, including the ‘Casablanca’ sideboard, from the first Memphis collection of 1981, and the RR 126 Radiophonograph, designed in 1965 by the brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Brionvega.
“When you look at a piece of Memphis design, you see their unconventionality, the kaleidoscope of forms and patterns, the vibrant contrasting colours that really shouldn’t work but really do,” said Cécile Verdier, co-head of 20th-century design at Sotheby’s.”The works produced by the historical avant-garde design collaborative Memphis Milano, led by Ettore Sottsass, could not have found a more receptive and tuned-in audience than David Bowie”.
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Carlton’ bookcase
Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, ‘RR 126 Radiophonograph,’ designed for Brionvega.
What I find so interesting about this auction is not just the beautiful pieces of contemporary art, but it also provides a glimpse into the mind and interests of David Bowie outside of music. Clearly, he appreciates innovative designs that aren’t always accepted immediately and this demonstrates that his genius is not only applicable to music, but all the creative arts, too.