18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Globular vase in deep blue, clear neck, wide mouth, applied blue rim, wide domed foot.
The postmodern Memphis architecture and design group, founded in 1981, sought to overturn the canons of conventional taste. Their design embraced bright colour, asymmetry and the ephemeral, often referencing styles of the past in arbitrary fashion. Here a classically-inspired vase form is enlivened with bright primary colours and a bizarre, random placement of non-functional handles.