This is just a very small part of it

Around the 80’s a new style emerged in product design, furniture and architecture. One of the leaders was the Memphis group, with Ettore Sottsass. Simple things like a piece of furniture having several colours were quite new at the time. The objects and buildings clearly broke with the modernistic tradition and started to mix style elements and telling stories. This style was fairly short lived, and soon gave way for a form of ”neo modernistic” style, maybe as a part of millennium shift related back-to-basics nostalgia.

Fine. The only problem is that while so many things around us are so obviously postmodern in different ways, the label is already taken by the rather short lived style above. So when you want to discuss postmodernism people just think of these seemingly superficial expressions. It even seems like the perception of these objects as being superficial reflects the modernistic state of mind when they emerged – as modernists saw every expression that was not related to practical use as nothing but superficial decorations. Sadly, few know the stories behind these objects. Because there were stories!

Even the neo-modernistic objects and architecture we see today are expressions of postmodernism as they do not exist out of the original modernistic values, but rather as a nostalgic reference. They tell the modernistic story. The style that meant to be ”silent” now tell the story of a world that was predictable and optimistic.

Hats off for the wonderful 80’s post-modernistic style with all it’s crazy expressions, but remember it’s just a part of postmodern object culture, and postmodernism in general!

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