Italy born 1954
Rigel container with cover
Venice, Veneto, Venezia province, Italy
Materials & Technique: glass, containers, glass: blown Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1508.A-B
Zanini is one of the most expressive designers working in Italy and an early member of the Memphis group of designers, established in Milan in 1981. Their work was a vivid expression of post-modernism, a new approach to design that welcomed decoration and drew from popular culture and historical design. Zanini’s work draws inspiration from the graphic imagery of comics while exploiting the saturated colour and glossiness of glass.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design