Why were ’80s office interiors so cutting edge? Was it an abundance of corporate cash that translated to “sky is the limit” design? Was it a desire to fill a sleek space with equally sleek decor? Perhaps it was a wish to inspire employees and impress colleagues with decadent choices. Whatever the cause, we love the result! With the help of some of our favorite movies and television shows, we spotlight 1980s commercial design motifs.
Today we bring you the trailer from the 1987 film The Secret of My Success starring Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater. In this comedy, we see Michael J. Fox’s Brantley Foster go from Kansas farm boy to corporate executive. His methods are a bit unconventional, and that’s where the drama begins. While Michael J. Fox IS this movie, we can’t help but notice the shiny backdrops that gleam behind his center-stage antics. In fact, ’80s corporate life has never looked so luminous.
Our latest obsession: ’80s Lobby Chic, the commercial interior design style that celebrated all things sleek, shiny and sophisticated. For the first week of 2012, we wrap up our coverage with additional posts on this glossy aesthetic. Because the sophisticated sheen of marble, mirror and metal was too bright to contain in one week’s time! Today we spotlight a few non-residential spaces for your enjoyment.