We’ve been jamming on mid-century modern decor for quite some time now, but if you’re starting to grow weary of the ’60s- and ’70s-inspired vibe, take note: Another decade’s furniture is gaining popularity, and it’s pretty unexpected. According to professional style spotters at the latest High Point Market, the re-emergence of ’80s-inspired furniture was *everywhere*. (You can check out more trends in the Summer/Fall 2018 Style Report.) Scroll on to see how the trend is making its comeback and how you can bring the look to your own home.
Anyone who grew up around the remnants of that decade’s decorating might be wondering what exactly we’re in for. The style spotters noted that Art Deco styling, including lots of curved shapes and gilded finishes, appeared again and again at the market. Sculptural styles and abstract shapes were a common theme, too, but have been reimagined with more class and sophistication than the interpretations you may remember.
“The ’80s are back in a big way!” says interior designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips in the Summer/Fall 2018 Style Report. “High Point Market was full of nods to this distinct design era, characterized by Memphis Style.” For the design newbies, Phillips explains that Memphis Group “was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1982 and was known for creating Post-modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects.” The style is characterized by its geometric shapes and bold statement-making pieces with an abstract or artistic bent.
Unlike the first time around, however, the Memphis influence feels a bit more in tune with the materials that are already trending now. Interior designer Justine Macfee explains in the report, “This time, the bold shapes are reimagined with earthier neutral tones and natural materials,” making the looks a bit more seamless and versatile in this new iteration.
One thing that can’t be denied: These pieces are definitely designed to stand out. Whether sprinkled in among more neutral find or used as part of a floor-to-ceiling look, we know they’ll get noticed.
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(Images via High Point Market Authority)