These last few weeks, Mirror80 has spent time exploring 1980s tribal and jungle styles, which often overlap. From colorful energetic patterns to palm leaf-laden music video sets, the ’80s gone wild evoked by both jungle- and tribal-inspired visuals is filled with intense hues, vegetation-rich patterns and bold geometry.
We couldn’t move on without pointing you to one of our favorite sites–The 80s Gallery. Not only do proprietors Ken McGavin and Katie Cobler offer an amazing array of designer ’80s art pieces, jewelry, furniture and lighting, they’ve created a blog that thoroughly covers ’80s design movements and styles, from fashion to interior design.
In their post entitled “Miu Miu: Walking in Memphis,” they tackle the return of bold Memphis Group design to the fashion world via designer Miuccia Prada (Miu Miu). Her 2006 collection evokes the African-inspired fabric of early ’80s designs by Nathalie du Pasquier. The result: youthful color that mirrors tribal energy and various hues of jungle flora. Click here to read the post and view the images, many of them courtesy of Memphis-Milano collector Dennis Zanone.
And speaking of Nathalie du Pasquier, make sure you check out her Ferret Bracelet, pictured at the top of the post. Its stripe motif conjures images of galloping zebras. Similarly, below we see Zebra Dress by commercial fashion illustrator Manuel Nunez. Its wild stripes are prominent against the artwork’s flesh-toned hues. This 7-color silkscreen is available for purchase at The 80s Gallery.
We now turn to an objet d’art available at The ’80s Gallery: the Kyoto Homage Platter by Dorothy Hafner. While bamboo-like stalks stretch horizontally across this handmade porcelain platter, the piece also strongly evokes a tribal feel. Its dancing lines and vibrant markings convey motion and energy:
A special thank-you to Ken and Katie from The 80s Gallery! Their fine art pieces have added another dimension to our journey through the grasslands and jungle of ’80s style, and the bold shapes and colors they spotlight remind us that unrestrained design can be wildly appealing.