If you’re a fan of Memphis-Milano design, perhaps you’ve noticed the candy colors, irresistible forms and texture-based patterns that items from this influential movement boast. In fact, the Memphis Group, a Milan-based collective of furniture and product designers formed in 1981, introduced its own brand of shocking color and geometry. Designers like Michele De Lucchi, Thomas Bley, and Ettore Sottsass put their creative stamp on the movement, as shown in the image above.
This summer at Mirror80, we are committed to helping you get away from it all. Who doesn’t need a break from the hustle and bustle of life? Whether you’re staying at a 5-star hotel on your summer vacation or simply want to add a few touches of elegance and relaxation to your daily routine, let 1980s TV series Hotel inspire some decadent glamour.
In last week’s ’80s photo shoot post, a metal shelf was covered in 1980s Deco ceramics and highlighted by berry-toned art paper backing. Needless to say, some love and preparation went into this shoot, from the color choice of the ceramics to the over-the-top floral arrangement. But the shelf’s final design evolution wasn’t quite as, well…pastel. Let’s take a look at the journey of this metal furniture piece, taking note of two different ways to bring ’80s design to today’s home…
When trips to Goodwill produced more ’80s ceramics than I realistically had room for in my home, there was only one thing to do: photograph them! But snapping pics with my digital camera wasn’t quite what I had in mind.
Thank you for being a friend. Not just because you were on my TV screen every week, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. But because a sense of peace came over me every time the opening credits of The Golden Girls ended and the screen was filled with a close-up of your house. And then we were transported inside, where tropical fabric, high ceilings and a plethora of lush plants were juxtaposed with your over-sized clothing and large enamel jewelry.
After reading the title of this post, you might think we’ve taken an office packed with ’80s decor and given it a more modern look. Not entirely so. The point of this interior design DIY was to take an office–in this case, the home of Mirror80–and give it a streamlined nod to the ’80s.
Neon lighting–check. Glass block–check. Bright hues and geometric design referencing the Memphis-Milano movement–check. Throw in a dash of 1950s malt-shop, and you have the ’80s teen hangout in all of it’s glory!
This week, I enjoyed the design challenge of creating a dramatic floral arrangement to be used in a portrait that will be my official blog photo! My love of ’80s design has resulted in a large collection of ceramics–’80s Deco vases (as shown above), spherical pieces, swans in a variety of hues. This spring I decided to document my collection, and to be included in the picture.
Mirror80 wishes you a festive March 17th! And what better way to celebrate than by showcasing some of our favorite finds in today’s verdant color of choice?! Let’s start with the vibrant green fabric above. I’ve plugged it before, and I’ll plug it again–Marnie Fogg’s 1980s Fashion Print (available at amazon.com) is packed with enough textile design to appease the “material girl” in you. And this fabric celebrates a playful take on classical motifs.
Mirror80 wraps up our week-long focus on the ’80s office by spotlighting red accents, from chairs to desk lamps. Let’s start with a still from the 1987 film Campus Man, in which a college student (John Dye) attempts to raise much-needed tuition money by featuring athletic male students in a campus calendar. In this scene he disappoints businesswoman Katherine Van Buren (Morgan Fairchild), but on the bright side, his office has never looked better! A spherical floor lamp, red desk trim and a bright office chair unify the space: