If you’re ever tempted to ditch your collection of ’80s stickers, do yourself a favor hang onto these adhesive treasures! Not only are they works of art in themselves, they point to larger art and design trends from the 1980s. In fact, many people have chosen to revive their sticker collections, thanks to vendors like Etsy shop Vintage Sticker Love, which offers an amazing array of ’80s sticker selections.
Another South by Southwest Festival has come and gone, and as I reflect on the past week, one of my favorite moments was discovering the poster art of Jason Munn. Each year a poster show called Flatstock features outstanding work from artists around the world. Concert posters are the genre of choice, and given that the event is held during the music portion of South by Southwest, the artwork couldn’t be more appropriate! This year I purchased an amazing selection from Jason Munn…
Today we celebrate the stylish world of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Paul Reubens produced, directed and starred in this popular CBS children’s television show, which combined live action, puppetry and video animation. The program was based on Reuben’s popular stage show that featured his beloved character Pee-Wee Herman. The set of Pee-wee’s Playhouse channeled Mid-Century Modern design, particularly the geometric, Space Age style known as Googie.
Spring is in the air, and geometric clothing reminiscent of the ’80s is in stores, most notably at Forever 21! Some of this geometry channels a tribal vibe, such as the ’80s Southwestern look. Other shape-filled tops remind us of childhood and its playfully bright forms. And we can’t forget the way geometry can channel the future, or at the very least, a modern feel that manages to be retro at the same time.
We’re excited to be on Pinterest–we invite you to follow us! Through this new format, Mirror80 has enjoyed highlighting 1980s motifs, genres and design trends. From Neon Noir decor to the decade’s obsession with grids, we’ve got snippets of style that inspire us and are sure to catch your eye as well.
Today Mirror80 spotlights the work of artist Dominic Joyce. His original paintings and fashion prints conjure the sleek magic of music videos, polished ads and fashion magazines. 1980s pop culture references appear in many of his creations, along with evidence of graffiti and pop art influences. Some of our favorite pieces reflect the vibrant, sultry world of Neon Noir, the genre that produced 1980s films like Thief and Body Double, as well as the television series Miami Vice.
Today we spotlight the celebration of 1980s design that is Etsy shop Il Giardino Luxor! If you are an ’80s enthusiast in search of mind-blowing graphic design and candy-colored school supplies that look good enough to eat, you’ve found your treasure stash! In addition to favorites like glittery erasers and shiny paperclips, there’s a dash of the unexpected, from rare ’80s Deco artwork to cutting edge pencil cases that could double as clutches.
If you haven’t been introduced to the color theme website Kuler, today is your lucky day! Are you looking for that perfect combination of hues for your redecorating project? Perhaps you need a new motif for your website? Visit Kuler, and peruse the many unique color themes created by users. Today our mission was to find a handful of ’80s color combos that took us by surprise. We hope you love the results as much as we do!
Yesterday we focused on the sleek white and metallic Christmas decorations of the modern homeowner in the 1980s. Keeping the palette monochromatic provided a stark yet sparkly take on Holiday decor that was perfect for clean-lined dwelling spaces. Today we throw subtlety out the window with a child-friendly Christmas tree inspired by designer Lisa Frank, whose creations decorated many a school supply and sticker in the 1980s.
Happy Thanksgiving from Mirror80! Today’s visuals are courtesy of Etsy shop VintageStickerLove. The perfect ’80s Thanksgiving statement (a bit of Autumn plus a bit of glitter), these vintage leaf stickers from Stickopotamus showcase a variety of Fall hues. I’m also a fan of the shop’s profile, which recalls the memory of a lost sticker collection and the joys of rebuilding it piece by piece today. Because it’s never too late to revel in the simple pleasures of youth…