From the mellow and muted earthy tones of the 70s to the era of contrast came the 80s. Many would say there were more misses than hits during this decade but one influential design movement stood head and shoulders above the rest. The rule-breaking Memphis Group, a collective of young Italian designers, defined the decade with their bold postmodernist style. With no formula or rules they shocked the design establishment with their use of unconventional materials, gaudy colours and kitsch motifs.

1980ssStyling by Ruth Welsby, photography by Martina Gemmola.