Are the 80's Back?

I'm an 80's kid, so jelly shoes and The Karate Kid are dear to my heart.  But today, looking back, the 80's were wacky.

Known as postmodernism, interior design of 1970's - 1990's represented a break away from the utilitarianism and minimalism of the mid-century movement to a new, arguably more ostentatious expression.  

Abandoning the need for function and lack of embellishment, postmodernism embraced more wit and humor, borrowing heavily from the past and creating eclectic spaces with unexpected results.  

Some good.  Some bad.

Now we're experiencing a resurgence of the movement.  And I'm really excited about it.  Here are the two influences I'm seeing along with some of my favorite finds from my go to stores.

1970's Italian Modern

 
Malibu Residence designed by Kelly Wearstler

Malibu Residence designed by Kelly Wearstler

 

Kelly Wearstler is a master designer and known for her bold, ground breaking designs that pull influence from the 1950's - 70's.  I learn something new every time I see her work.  She combines materials, shapes, textures and patterns into an incredibly unique point of view in this 1970's inspired residence.

What you'll find in stores now:

 
 
Malibu Residence designed by Kelly Wearstler

Malibu Residence designed by Kelly Wearstler

 

I would put this in my living room in a heart beat.

"Maralunga" sofa, designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina c. 1980's

"Maralunga" sofa, designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina c. 1980's

 

A Resurgence in Art Deco

 
Parisian Apartment with Art Deco Art & Lighting

Parisian Apartment with Art Deco Art & Lighting

Design by Cardine Gayral 

Design by Cardine Gayral 

 

The influence of Art Deco was seen in the 80's in all forms of design.  I've been fotunate enough to learn about this important movement as a designer working with a prominent dealer focusing on French Art Deco from the 1920's - 1940's.  Considered extremely modern and groundbreaking at it's time,  Art Deco embodies opulence and is distinguished by it's high gloss lacquered finishes, exotic wood veneers and affinity to bold geometric shapes and symmetry. I personally LOVE art deco lighting.  

What you'll find in stores now: 

 

I threw in a few high end pieces, but most of the pieces are available now from my favorite stores. I also included the fabulous wall hangings from Anthropologie.  Aren't they amazing?  The geometric shapes are so Deco, but with a boho vibe - which is still really hot in the LA design scene.  These pieces are really easy to incorporate and an exciting fresh new perspective for 2017. Which pieces are you loving?  

Let me know in the comments below.