Martine Bedin

* 1957

Martine Bedin is a French and Italian designer, architect, member of the Memphis group.

Born in Bordeaux in 1957, studied as an architect in Paris. In 1978 she moved to Florence, where she met Adolfo Natalini, one of the leaders of Superstudio. In 1979, in Milan, Natalini introduced her to Michele De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. In December 1980, Martine Bedin participated in a famous party in Sottsass’s Milan apartment, where it was decided to establish the Memphis group. So she became one of the founders of this group.

In 1982, Martine Bedin opened her own bureau of architecture and design in Milan. At the same time, she taught in Paris at the Ecole Camondo School, delivered lectures and led seminars at other universities in several countries. In 1985, together with Ettore Sottsass, she designed street furniture for the Paris Park de la Villette.

In 1986, Martine Bedin was invited to the studio of Nimes (Les Ateliers de Nîmes) – a team of architects and designers, which the city administration gathered to solve various urban problems. There she worked with Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove and Gerard Barro.

In 1989, he designed the interior of the bookstore la Caisse des Monuments Historiques in the Paris hotel Sully, Collaborated with Louis Vuitton. In the late 80s – early 90s she designed furniture for the Italian company Pomosedia, the BDX, VIA gallery. In 1998, she designed the interior of the Hélène Darroze restaurant in Paris. Part of Martine Bedin’s projects is connected with her hometown of Bordeaux: in 1991, she designed the office of la Manufacture familiale publishing house there, and in 1994 built the house, La Maison Rouge. Since 2002, constantly lives and works in Rome.

In 1993 she was awarded the Order of Arts and Literature. In 2011, the prototype of her Super lamp, one of the objects of the first 1981 Memphis exhibition, was shown at the Postmodernism exhibition in Victoria and Albert Museum in London and then entered the museum’s collection.

Martine Bedin’s works are kept at the Pompidou Center, The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux, and are part of the French National Foundation for Contemporary Art.