Happy Wednesday, Everyone! What a fun and exciting summer for fans of ’80s style, thanks to a brand new Netflix series, an amazing weekly radio show, and other intriguing developments. Today I’m rounding up the latest in retro-modern news, and throwing in a few fun photos for good measure. Above we see an image from my summer trip to California. Check out more vibrant neon photos in this post. Continue reading for news and links that are sure to pique your interest…
I’m completely hooked on Netflix’s latest series, Stranger Things, which combines elements of Steven Spielberg films with the eerie quality of a Stephen King novel. Many people have binged watched the series in one weekend. I’m short on sleep this week because I’ve been staying up late every night to watch as much as I can. Throw in an amazing synth soundtrack, impeccable acting and a good dose of nostalgia, and this is summer TV viewing at its best.
New at Mirror80
It’s been a big summer for Mirror80, with lots of photo shoots and some exciting developments. Above we see an image from one of my favorite posts celebrating the plastic shiny wonder of AMAC boxes. And if you’re enjoying Stranger Things and want to keep the ’80s vibes going, check out Beyond the Black Rainbow, a film from 2010 inspired by the VHS movie cases of 1980s horror movies. I talked about this movie, as well as the ins and outs of ’80s design, when I was a guest on SynthWaves, Noah Kaufman’s stellar radio show on KFAI. Listen every Sunday night (or at your leisure) by following this link, and check out my interview here (it begins around 13 minutes in).
A Bit of Magic
I wanted to share an awesome new website with you… It’s filled with ’80s style (check out the design above), and it investigates the six most famous magic tricks of the 1980s, exploring how each one of them truly works. Think David Copperfield and Lance Burton, with a dash of Siegfried & Roy! You’ll love the ’80s look of the site, the synth-y soundtrack, and of course, the facts behind the magic. So. Much. Fun. It’s an audio-visual experience like no other. Welcome to The Secrets of Magic Revealed!
I’ll end today’s post by reminding you to continue searching for sources of ’80s inspiration. My top recommendation: design books from the Decade of Decadence. Above and below we see images from The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt. Don’t forget to join ’80s Design, our new Facebook group and online community for fans of design and decor from the 1980s.
Hope you’re having a retro-fabulous summer! XOXO, Kate