Monday, June 16, 2008

Rosalind - Nathalie Du Pasquier

Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux (France) in 1957. She settled in Italy in 1978 and her focus shifted toward design. In Milan a group gathered around the architect Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Natalie was one of them and the influential rule breaking design team Memphis was born. Memphis work is instantly recognised visually, outrageously daring and colourful shapes patterns and materials contrasting with the accepted structure of the time which drew on styles as diverse as Art Deco, Pop and Kitsch.
She designed many textiles, carpets, furniture and objects for Memphis, the floor coverings and fabrics worked particularly well with her flat geometric shapes and patterns. The motifs and colours in her early work were influenced by her travels in Africa and India. Her designs of flat spiky motifs, abstract designs and vibrant colours are reminiscent to the sixties.
When the group broke up in 1987, painting became her main activity.


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