Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rad to the Max

As a child of the '80s, I'm quite familiar with the amazing styling of The Max* on  Saved by the Bell, but I wasn't aware until today, who was responsible for this style movement. 

Italian designer Ettore Sottsass started the Memphis Group in 1981. The group took inspiration from Pop Art, Art deco, Kitsch, and futuristic items and throughout the '80s they designed Post-Modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics and sculpture. The Memphis Art Movement is known as a  colorful, eccentric and vibrant style of furniture design 
The group designed radical one-off designs with unconventional shapes, brightly-colored and patterned surfaces with an apparent disregard for function. They shook up ‘modern’ design of the time and what they created became a ‘Post-Modernism’ movement.

Addition: Check out this Slovanian-based Kitsch-Nitsch salon. Doesn't get much more Saved by the Bell than that!

*The Max is a restaurant and local hangout for the students at Bayside High School. It remains their hangout through the second series, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, though it burns down in one episode and is rebuilt with a new look. 

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