Taking a look at current fashion and design trends brings two common adages to mind: “to everything, turn, turn, turn” and “never say never.” Fashion and furniture trends of the 80’s are making a decided comeback (skinny jeans, nearly-neon colors, and chunky, shiny, lacquered accents are just a few of the things that come to mind). Does this mean bad hair and crazy eye glasses are making a comeback too?

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Fashion and Design Trends: Are the 80’s Here to Stay for a While?

The fashion world isn’t the only place where we’re seeing flashbacks of 80’s style. One example is the renaissance of works from designers like Ettore Sottsass and his design group Memphis. The LA County Museum of Art featured his designs as recently as 2006 and Sottsass’s pieces sell for significant sums on the auction circuit. The NYT ran a fairly recent review of the book Sottsass, by Philippe Thomé, and even the design-influenced blogosphere is running posts with titles like, “Back to Memphis…“.

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Another example of 80’s resurgence is the concept that “smaller is better.” Interest rates were sky high in the 80’s, so smaller real estate meant smaller prices. This led to smaller furniture designs. Things got big again through the 90’s and early 2000s, but recent economic volatility – combined with environmental awareness – is bringing us back to the smaller-is-better mentality. Additional 80’s flashbacks are seen in the return of brass, metallics, and colorful Palm Beach style.

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What 80’s flashbacks are you enjoying – or deploring? Share them in our comment box below. Interested in using design inspirations from the past and present to create a timeless and cohesive interior design? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors to start the ball rolling.