Bright, experimental, and exuberant, Postmodernism represents a rejection of spare, restrained design in favor of overscale organic forms, saturated colors, bold patterns, and material mixes. In the early 1980s, Ettore Sottsass founded the Memphis Group in Milan, whose work defined and embodied the spirit of postmodernism, but it’s also evolved to encompass sophisticated interpretations by designers such as Pierre Paulin and Sarah Ellison.
Elements of the style
Overscale or exaggerated organic forms
Saturated colors and vibrant graphic patterns
Surface decoration and ornamentation
Historic references, reimagined with exaggeration and whimsy
Neon, laminate, plastics, and experimental materials
“When I was young, all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism. It’s not enough. Design should also be sensual and exciting. ” —