A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Post Modernism

This is part of a series of posts summarising key points of different design movements, see A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction for more information.

Post Modernism


 “Obsessed with style for its own sake”

Began in 1970s but reached a peak around1980 to the early 1990s

Often questionable definitions and standards

                   ‘anti-essentialist and anti-foundationalist’

                   the inventors, designers etc had no clear vision themselves

Radical challenge to modernism

Image was everything, large priority of form over function

Individuality, chaotic complexity and unnecessary luxury

Designed to appeal to popular consumerism, fashion, youth culture and media

Mixed very aesthetic revivals e.g. ancient Egyptian, Pop art

Included Memphis, neoprimitivism, French individualism

Examples such as Danny Lane (Etruscan chair), Ettore Sottsass (Memphis), Andrea Branzi (neoprimitivism), Robert Venturi (architecture)


CASE STUDY – Alessandro Mendini

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