Incorporating Postmodern Design Into Everyday Decor
(Ph. 1stDibs via Instagram)Until I saw this "pomogram" on 1stDibs' Instagram feed, I had no idea there was a name for the kitschy geometric influence I was seeing in a lot of my new favorite products. Postmodernism, such as the work of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, is known for its poppy futurism and has had a pervasive influence on contemporary design. But this almost harshly abstract aesthetic has not always been a favorite, as evidenced by French director Jacques Tati's anti-modernity allegory Mon Oncle. That being said, I love it—in the right dosage. Here are a few of my favorite products that'll help you incorporate this influence into your everyday decor.
1) CoulourBox Boutique salt and pepper shakers. While these were a limited edition, their abstract graphic design speaks to the continued relevance of Postmodern kitsch.
2) Muji USA alarm clock. This simple little box is inspired by the look of traditional railway station clocks in Japan and is elevated by a midcentury-chic typeface.
3) SafeHouse USA punctuation piece duvet set. Oversized grammatical marks cleverly bring to mind the "pomo" influence.
4) Swiden wall hanging. This abstract fabric hanging is a perfectly complementary piece for your more sculptural furniture.