Massimo Iosa-Ghini

Massimo Iosa-Ghini

 

Massimo Iosa-Ghini was not a founding member of Memphis, becoming involved only toward the end. Nevertheless, his Bertrand sideboard is among the most powerful designs ever produced under the Memphis name. Like most of Iosa-Ghini’s work, it draws on 1930s streamlined automotive design, so that it appears to be racing at top speed even when stationary – an idea borrowed from Italian Futurism, which embraced a similar aesthetic. (Iosa-Ghini referred to his style as Bolidism, from the Italian word bolide, a fast-moving object.) Despite the machine aesthetic it is made mostly of painted wood. Iosa-Ghini’s Otello chair, in a chic 1980s palette of glossy black and polished steel, features wing-shaped elements that sweep back from the floor, forming the front legs and arms of the chair.