According to the Museum of Modern Art, Postmodernism refers to “a reaction against modernism. It is less a cohesive movement than an approach and attitude towards art, culture and society”. Think about the clean lines of modern design and the approach to function over form, then turn it upside down. The museum adds:
“Its main characteristics include anti-authoritarianism, or the refusal to recognize the authority of a single style or definition of what art should be; and the breakdown of the distinction between high culture and mass or popular culture, and between art and everyday life.”
Postmodern design when it comes to interiors is something that has fallen out of fashion over the decades, notably peaking when the Memphis Group of Milan, Italy, burst onto the scene with its bold geometric shapes, intense primary colors, and outrageous furniture and decor pieces that were loved and abhorred in equal measure during the band’s run from 1980 to 1987. Famous devotees include fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and rock megastar David Bowie, but eventually the band’s works quickly became locked into their specific era and fell into disuse.
And yet, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in objects that would find a place alongside the group’s designs, as well as a more pastel interpretation of postmodernism in contemporary times. Check out one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @VintageShowPonyfor a Daddy’s Girls-inspired look that centers the 1980s Art Deco revival – a perfect complement to the campiness and flamboyance of postmodernism.
If you’re already deeply committed to modern design, a great way to incorporate this trend is to choose a few decorative pieces that are unconventional in shape or size, but made from natural materials (think wicker or wood). to blend in perfectly with your existing one. implement. We covered this a bit further with an elephant planter, but a general search for postmodern decor or furniture on sites like eBay, Etsy Where pulpit will spawn some fantastic vintage coin hoards that you can sometimes find for a decent score. Even Facebook Marketplace can be an interesting hunting ground!
Overall, the postmodern trend lets you enjoy a bit of whimsy. You don’t need a cow beanbag, but you don’t need one either! And why not add a pair of luscious lips to your entryway wallscape? It’s liberating, fun and nostalgic for many, and it’s a reminder of less harsh times of economic and global crisis when the biggest worry some of us seemed to have was whether to serve white or red at our dinner. Embracing the absurd with postmodernism is a small, silent act of rebellion that could help you break out of a design rut and inspire interesting new avenues in all areas of your life.
If you’re intrigued and want to see more, keep reading to see a few pieces we’ve picked to start your redecorating journey now. And feel free to revisit this piece on early this year’s maximalism for even more inspiration.
Amier Geometric Handmade Tufted Rug in Black/Ivory
Postmodern design must respond to the clean, predictable lines of its predecessor, Modernism, and this rug achieves exactly that goal by incorporating upside-down lines in a graphic black and white color palette.
Herald Square 28″ Wide Velvet Swivel Barrel Chair
While the postmodern masters of the Memphis group mass-produced a chair which would become an iconic representation of the style, it’s also a notoriously uncomfortable chair that tends to tip over! Get in style with something sturdier and just as attractive – not to mention much, much more affordable – with this orange delight from Orren Ellis.
Red 3D Paper Lips Wall Art
Exaggerated in an unexpected material, paper, this 3D wall art makes any wall immediately more special than before. Everyone is making a gallery wall these days, but the added dimension will set yours apart.
Wave Pattern Irregular Makeup Mirror
A compact version inspired by a design by the Memphis Group, this wave-patterned mirror is a cheap and functional way to incorporate a postmodern touch into spaces of all sizes. It’s also available in a variety of colors, including a white LED option that lights up to help you see more clearly as you get ready for the day.
Glass Top Circular Side Tables with Postmodern Tessellated Stone – One Pair
One of the most iconic pieces to come out of postmodernism in interior design are these tessellated stone tables. This particular pair is genuine vintage and in exceptional condition, which makes the sub-$1000 particularly impressive! Additionally, Chairish offers coupons to join their mailing list and every dollar counts when you build a collection.
Shell Pearl Light LED Accent Lamp
As the proud owner of this iridescent cutie, I can safely confirm that she is as charming in person as she is in this photo. The LED ball light isn’t going to brighten up your room in any way (form over function, remember), but the ambiance and decorative merit are off the charts.
Natural Rattan Elephant Basket Planter
A trendy way to incorporate postmodern sensibility into your decor is to take something totally unexpected – like an elephant planter – and do it in natural textures like this rattan option to keep it warm and inviting in your space. . This little Likha man is perfectly adorable for any room in your home, and he’s lovingly handwoven by artisans in the Philippines. He comes in a brighter two-tone color combinationas well!
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Paradise Print Perfume Counter
The Luxury department store Instagram account is the stuff of dreams, evoking an urgent sense of romantic nostalgia that smells just like the The Calvin Klein Obsession you see here. Fans of the account can now purchase high-quality prints directly from LDS, including this glamorous and idealized scene of an immaculate vintage cosmetics counter. It’s available in three different sizes and with or without a border, and prices start at just $7 – all you need is a thin gold frame to complete the magic.
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Amarantha 14″ Wide Velvet Animal Print Standard Ottoman
As we mentioned above, this little guy is completely absurd but feels right at home when you welcome the absurd. Try it out and enjoy its functionality and yeehaw charm.