Post modern design is making a comeback. This creative, kooky style originated in the 1970’s and 1980’s. This movement was a response to modernism which was popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. American architecture and Italian designers had a big influence on this design style as well. The Memphis Group is an Italian design group that helped start postmodernism in 1981. They made a lot of interesting pieces that had a huge impact on this design style. 


What kinds of designs and colors are part of postmodernism? It includes big, bold colors, plastic or acrylic furniture and sculptural shapes. It’s very weird and creative. Today the pieces are more neutral and better mixed with other design types. It’s definitely calmer this time around. 


Who is this design style for? It’s for someone that likes a lot of personality and bright colors. It’s not for people who like clean lines, traditional spaces or modernism. 


How can you decorate with postmodernism?


  1. Choose sculptural and abstract forms. This design style embraces random and chaotic features. It is more bold and crazy. Choosing abstract or geometric forms will help make your place look more interesting and on par with this design.
  2. Throw in some pops of color. It’s normal for this design style to have crazy pops of color like neon pink or green. Make it abstract and have fun with the pattern. Just remember not to go overboard!
  3. Include humor or irony. This is super popular in postmodernism. Whether it be a couch in the shape of lips, or a side table that looks like a pineapple, don’t be scared to make a funny statement with your furniture. It makes your space fun and silly. This may be why it’s popular among the younger generation.
  4. Use asymmetry. This creates an interesting look. Just make sure the room is still balanced! 


Where to shop? 


We recommend cb2, urban outfitters, anthropology, or etsy! They all have some great furniture and pieces. 


Today postmodernism is different but more relaxed. It’s easier blended into other styles like art deco, midcentury, or traditional. It also follows more neutral, earth tone colors. Be sure to include some postmodernism pisces without going too over the top. The goal is to create a look that will last the test of time.