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Memphis Group designs without the price tag of the original

Liven up your home with 1980s designs inspired by the Memphis Group


Original Memphis

These notebooks from Mumbai-based stationery company Rubberband are part of a collaboration with French artist Nathalie du Pasquier who co-founded the Memphis movement. These designs bring that same wiggly, dotty cheeriness to a simple stitched notebook, right down to the colourful papers inside. Extended A5 notebooks, £9 each, Rubberband


Mad murals

Camille Walala is responsible for loud and busy abstract pattern murals around East London. Even if you haven’t walked past her work, you’ve probably come across it as a backdrop for street style blogs and photography shoots. Her style is heavily influenced by Memphis and the art of South Africa’s Ndebele tribe, and you can buy her prints on her website. Prints from £35


Africa meets Italy

You will often see one of the Emerald Street team browsing independent interior and fashion shop Darkroom at lunchtimes. Co-founder Rhonda Drakeford has created a line of prints also inspired by Memphis and the Ndebele tribe’s murals. Each giclee print is made to order and can be framed on request. Ndebele print 2, £150, Darkroom


Design revival

Italian ceramics manufacturer Bitossi launched long before the Memphis movement formed but its homeware off shoot Bitossi Home only arrived in 2007 and takes its cue straight from Memphis. From dinner plates featuring Pop Art-like pizza slices, to patterned mugs, this line could have been designed in the 80s. Rio mug, £8, Unique & Unity


Ettore inspired

Another hat tip to Darkroom for its clever, on the pulse merchandising. Ettore Sottsass was one of the founders of the Memphis movement and a pioneer in the world of design. Darkroom’s line of interiors inspired by his work is bold, colourful and embodies the movement's approach to design. So Sottsass plate, £80, Darkroom

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