Nathalie Du Pasquier is one of the founding members of the '80's radical design group Memphis, led by Ettore Sottsass. She designed the first Memphis fabrics, as well as rugs, tableware and furniture. When Memphis broke up in 1987, she left design to focus mostly on art and painting became her main activity.
Getting to meet her and spending some time in her studio was such a nice experience. I felt her strong presence in the space as I entered the place where she spends most of her time, painting the whole day, from 8:30am to 8:30pm, as she told me.
I felt lucky to be one of the first people to see her new works, quite different from the ones she's been making in the past few years, that were mostly still lifes of her own creations. The studio was in fact filled with small objects, sculptures and installations made by Natalie, that she used as subjects for her paintings.
The room was silent and very bright from the daylight coming through the big windows of this historical milanese palazzo. We had some coffee and chocolate together. Then she began working while I wandered through the space, watching her.
 Coffee maker is designed by George Sowden, Natalie's life partner and next door neighbour.