During the Hong Kong Business of Design Week, the man had spoken about his current state of being. He lived on a farm in the countryside and attacked tree trunks naked (yes, he had pictures, which he shamelessly showed during his presentation). Something completely different from the totally shallow and plastic look and feel of Memphis.
But let’s get back to that dining table.
As befitting of a charming Italian, he kindly inquired who I was, what I did and if I knew of his work. With a stutter I told him that I knew of his work . . . that it had traumatized me and inspired my love for Bauhaus. De Lucchi started sniggering, nodded and asked what had happened.
I told him about the overdose.
‘Why do you think I attack tree trunks naked,’ De Lucchi laughed.
‘It was toooooo much, way too much.’
His confession was a relief, but I have a message for today’s design lovers: Be careful with the Memphis revival. It could inspire irreversible minimalistic tendencies in your children!
by Eva Olde Monnikhof
Director of AVL-Mundo Atelier Van Lieshout