Move Over, MCM: This Movement Is Popping Up All Over

The 80s called, they said "you're welcome."

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When Isaac Newton penned his thesis that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction," he was talking about physics and matter and, you know, "principles that govern the material world as we know it" kind of things. Sadly, Newton died before seeing that these principles would have much larger, more important ramifications in larger, more important arenas, arenas like the earth-shifting world of interior design. 

Specifically, we're talking about the recent shift from the prevalent decade-long infatuation with Mid-Century Modernism's clean lines, spindly legs and sedate palettes to a cheeky embrace of MCM's exact opposite: the rounded forms, colorful palettes and zany patterns of 80s Memphis Milano design.

Take a scroll for a brief visual overview of some iconic Memphis hallmarks, and our favorite ways to incorporate little bursts of the playful madness in your space:

1982 NY Mag spread, via Curbed


Photo by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell
"Overlapped: Striped Cube" by Kris Tamburello ($6,000)
Black Splatter Tumbler ($40)
Photo by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell
Hyperlink Graphic Dual Sconce ($1,680)
"Overlapped: Striped Translucent Cubes" by Kris Tamburello ($4,000)
Photo by Jake Curtis via Turbulences Deco
Big Mobile Light in Black ($2,000)
Ettore Sottsass, Esprit Store Interior, 1985 via Tumblr

Terrazzo Snubnose Wedge Prop by Besler & Sons ($175)

Terrazzo Soupcan Prop by Besler & Sons ($90)

The 8s

Photo by Lisa Cohen, Styling by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King, via The Interiors Addict

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