Falling in love with Nathalie Du Pasquier
I feel very lucky writing this blog. I'm penning it from Helsinki in the most beautiful Scandinavian Airbnb apartment, sitting with a big mug of tea at a homemade wooden dining table. So it is only fitting that I write an article about design.
Recently I’ve fallen in love with the new Rubberband X Nathalie Du Pasquier range of notebooks, with their fantastic patterns and colours.
So who is Nathalie Du Pasquier? She was born in France in the late 50s and has lived in Italy since the last 70s. She was a founding member of Memphis (an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan in 1981), a designer and now an artist. She designs stunning ‘decocrated surfaces’, textiles, furniture, carpets, plastic laminates and more.
"I didn’t study after high school. There was just the school of life. Designing surfaces doesn’t require a university diploma. You don’t need to know about physics, you just have to organize shapes on a flat plane. It is a really old human activity."
When the Memphis group dissolved in 1987, Nathalie used the opportunity to quietly exit the design world and has spend later decades working on paintings, drawings and sculptures from her Milan studio. And last year she released a new book called ‘Don’t take these drawings seriously’ showing hundreds of drawings she has created throughout her career, using simple geometric shapes as her starting point.
"Memphis was also a collective—international and intergenerational—which you don’t really see today. Back then, I was surrounded by practicing designers and architects who were all working as professionals in their field. That was very stimulating and another very important part of my education."
She’s worked on some fantastic collaborations, including European brand Hay and a 43 piece collection with clothes brand American Apparel (below). She’s also designed shoeboxes for Camper and textiles for Fiorucci and Esprit.
Her gift for pattern-making and strong colours is in strong demand. So to finish, here are some of my favourite images. I hope you love them too!