:panting emoji: David Bowie—the late English singer, actor, and all-around icon—was also a big fan of Italian architect and industrial design mastermind Ettore Sostsass and, more generally, Memphis Design. It fits, given Bowie’s reputation for embracing the off-kilter. What modern-era design movement was more off-kilter than Memphis, which made its name trafficking in wiggling, primary-colored geometries?
Bowie’s eclectic personal collection—which will hit the auction block in London on Friday, November 11, courtesy Sotheby’s—offers up an emphatic “none!” as answer to that question.
In the hours following David Bowie’s death, fans flocked to Brixton—the south London district where the singer was born David Robert Jones in 1947— to pay tribute to the late icon. Most of these tributes involved placing flowers and...