NATHALIE DU PASQUIER
1957, Bordeaux, France // Lives and works in Milan, Italy
Painter, furniture designer, textile designer, graphic designer. Though there is much in common between these job titles, and there are certainly a lot of creatives carrying these ones all at once, there aren't many as succesful in each of those as du Pasquier. Starting out as a painter in the late seventies, the French artist received critical acclaim for her works with hard lines and geometric shapes. A few years later, she and her boyfriend, George Sowden, were asked to join the Memphis group, the designers group that defined the eighties. Grouped around the enigmatic and influential designer Ettore Sotsass the group garnered a lot of attention with their furniture comprising geometric shapes, synthetic materials and flat, printed surfaces.
The printed surfaces of Memphis furniture, designed by du Pasquier with their neon-like colors and geometric shapes became not only iconic for the avant-garde design group, but even more so for the late eighties as a whole, as her style quickly inspired brands such as MTV to use in their graphic designs.
Now, 30 years later, du Pasquier is back on track in her first vocation; painting. In 2015 she has had a major retrospective at SFMoMA followed by a show at the legendary Pace gallery in New York in 2017.