Master Lecture: Memphis Memories with Martine Bedin

To better introduce the theme of the third edition of the project Design Made in Hong Kong, “Memphis and the Post-Contemporary Object”, on February 18th 2022 the Hong Kong Design Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute Hong Kong and the Novalis Art Design Gallery organized a master lecture with the legendary Memphis Group designer, Martine Bedin.

Martine Bedin

The designer was born in Bordeaux in 1957, first studied architecture in Paris before moving to Florence in 1978 where she was introduced to members of the Radical Architecture movement including the founders of Superstudio, Studio Alchimia, and Archizoom Associati. After an introduction to Ettore Sottsass and sharing her bold designs, she became a founding member of the Italian design collaborative Memphis Group in 1981. Martine Bedin’s designs are best known for their colorful, kitschy, and expressive attributes.

During the lecture Bedin shared her first-hand experience of the “Memphis Spirit”; the recording of the webinar is now available on Hong Kong Design Institute’s Facebook page at the link below:

Programme of the lecture:

Introduction by Damon Yau, Programme Leader of Furniture and Lifestyle Product Design (Emcee)
Welcome remarks by Michael Chan, Head of Academic Development, HKDI
Master Lecture by Martine Bedin
Panel Discussion by moderated by Charmaine Tam, Curator of Novalis Art Design;
panel members: Martine Bedin and William Figliola, Founder of Novalis Art Design- Michael Chan