If you think the image above is a set piece from the movie Tron, think again. This acrylic desk is one of many stunning pieces offered by designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg. Once married to the son of designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexandra has made a name for herself by creating a series of colorful acrylic furnishings. Our favorite part: many of these showpieces have a distinct ’80s vibe!
In our last post, we featured the New York City apartment of designer Evan Lobel, which showcases an assortment of luxe ’80s finds. Today we spotlight the treasures offered in his Bond Street store Lobel Modern, which offers furnishings and decor from the 1940s-1980s. With an eye for large-scale items that capture the decadence and elegance of our favorite decade, Evan Lobel is bringing a love of ’80s design to a new generation of enthusiasts.
If you’ve read my post on acrylic furniture, you know I’ve been enjoying my new writing gig at Decoist, an online magazine specializing in interior design and architecture. From time to time, I’ll be pointing Mirror80 readers to my posts that highlight items with ’80s flair. If you’re into lacquer, this is your lucky day!
Now that Season 5 of the hit series Mad Men has officially premiered, Mirror80 asks a burning question: “What if Mad Men were set in the 1980s?” Welcome to glamorous world of Wall Street yuppies and the complicated lives they lead. Amidst the leather, suede, mini-blinds and limitless cash flow are a group of stockbrokers so powerful, they are known as Rad Men to all they meet. They live a life of excess and follow a questionable moral code. Yet amidst the smoke and mirrors is a story—their story. Because these men just want to have fun. Let’s meet the players…
While we at Mirror80 love to speculate on the return of ’80s design, some would say it’s already back! From museum retrospectives featuring Memphis-Milano furniture to a growing number of collectors hunting for original 1980s fine art, the interest in a full-blown revival is there. But it’s also fun to note the number of mainstream pieces that have an ’80s look or mix well with decor from our favorite decade. Today we scan the offerings of popular retailer CB2 to find eye-catching items with the power to bring a hint of the 1980s home to roost.
It’s a wonderful sign when you can purchase furniture reminiscent of the 1980s at your favorite modern stores. In fact, ’80s-style furniture is creeping its way back into the mainstream. Which styles and materials seem to be capturing the attention of shoppers? Geometric pieces featuring lacquer and mirrors.