Press Release  May 20, 2021

Memphis Milano X Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent Rive Droite

Courtesy of Saint Laurent.

Installation shot of Memphis Milano X Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent Rive Droite.

As part of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite project, Anthony Vaccarello has chosen to collaborate with the Italian design and architecture group Memphis, which celebrates, in 2021, its 40th Anniversary.

Enchanted by the timeless creations which have became the object of his inspiration– Anthony Vaccarello will celebrate the collection, hosting an exhibition of pieces part of the success of Memphis and its designers, such as the RING bed designed by Masanori Umeda, the CARLTON room divider by Ettore Sottsass, and RIVIERA chairs designed by Michele De Lucchi in 1981.

Courtesy Saint Laurent.

SL24 MID-TOP Sneaker from the Exclusive Saint Laurent Memphis Capsule Collection, 2021.

Inspired by the magic of the ultra-graphic and very identifiable, playful, and colored universe of its furniture–Anthony Vaccarello has created for Saint Laurent an exclusive capsule of two multicolored checkerboard hoodies, two dresses, one shirt, and two pairs of sneakers. These unique pieces combine classic models from Saint Laurent with the electric spirit of Memphis.

The exhibition will take place from May 19 to June 23 in both Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles, together with a large selection of Homeware pieces, ceramic objects, and textile accessories (ashtrays, vases, plates, glasses, decorations, and textile accessories including pouches and scarves). A selection of rare books representing the history and works of Memphis will also be present in stores.

Blown Glass Vase in 5 primary segments. A clear bowl-like top, then a metallic cylinder, a blue-spotted bulb, and a reversed yellow-spotted bowl-shape.
Courtesy Saint Laurent.

ALCOR VASE IN BLOWN GLASS of the Saint Laurent Memphis homeware collection.

square-shaped tray in royal blue, with two semi-circles to hold. Black and white stripes adorn the sides on parts of the tray. On the interior, it has a yellow, pink, and black leopard print surface.
Courtesy Saint Laurent.

ONION FRUIT BOWL IN CERAMIC of the Saint Laurent Memphis homeware collection.

Founded in the 1981 by Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano became soon one of the most important names on the international scene of Art and Design, involving many young emerging artists, improving year by year a strong DNA and inimitable codes. Its movement from 1981 to 1987 has been an immense source of inspiration for designers and creators all over the world.

Memphis was able to create since its beginning a strongly iconic language in which shapes, scales, materials, and colors are radically rethought. Representing a cultural movement, Memphis continues to influence the general audience’s imagination from fashion to art and design.

SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE is a creative and cultural destination curated by Anthony Vaccarello, located at 213, rue saint Honoré 75001 Paris, and extended at 469 Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles.

Named ‘RIVE DROITE’ as a nod to SAINT LAURENT rive gauche line, that helped to democratize fashion and luxury in the sixties. SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE introduces a brand new retail destination for expression, exchange, and lifestyle, showcasing a wide range of products including exclusive pieces, limited editions, library, vintage, music, photography combined with art, performances, exhibitions, events, and cultural exchanges. Conceptualized by Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, the extensive and diversified offer from different creative and design fields, are imagined and embraced in new ways to enlarge the universe and the DNA of Saint Laurent.

SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE represents an amusing and chic version of today’s Saint Laurent universe.

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