Radical – Kitsch (1980s-Today)

Radical and Kitsch are Post-Modern Design Styles characterized by humorous and eccentric artistic objects which tend to be extremely superficial and/or excessively theatrical.

American pop superstar Michael Jackson with his pet monkey Bubbles by Jeff Koons. Photograph: David Kendall/PA
American pop superstar Michael Jackson with his pet monkey Bubbles by Jeff Koons. Photograph: David Kendall/PA

Radical , Kitsch- The terms

The term are often considered pejorative, as they imply that the work in question is gaudy, or that it serves a solely ornamental and decorative purpose rather than amounting to a work of true artistic merit.

Installation design, Radical chic (Miami)
Installation design, Radical chic (Miami)

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Alessandro Mendini (born in 1931)- His work ranges from creation of objects, furnishings, interiors, paintings and installations to architecture.
He has been editor of Casabella (1970-1976) and Domus (1980-1985 e 2010-2011) and founded the magazines Modo (1977) and Ollo (1988).
His many projects in Italy include the Alessi factory in Omegna; an

Proust armchair
Proust armchair

Olympic pool in Trieste; the restoration of City Hall and construction of three metro stations in Naples and other works.
Mendini has also designed collections of furniture and objects, including his famous Proust armchair (1978), as well as installations and redesign projects, demonstrating his multiple talents and his free-ranging imagination cutting across the boundaries of individual disciplines.

Info source: http://www.floornature.com/alessandro-mendini-112/

Image source: http://www.cappellini.it/en/products/sofas-and-armchairs/proust

Ron Arad (born in 1951)- His experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.

Info source: http://www.ronarad.co.uk/press/biography/

Bookworm (1993-1995)
Bookworm (1993-1995)

Image source: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O145097/bookworm-bookshelf-arad-ron/

Philippe Starck (born in 1949) is a French designer known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture.

 

Costes Chair, 1982
Costes Chair, 1982

Costes chair, designed by Philippe Starck for Driade, with black painted tubular steel structure and curved plywood shell, available in mahogany, ebonized mahogany, grey oak, striped wenge, bamboo. Polyurethane foams padded seat with black or light colored leather fixed cover.

Info and image source: https://classicdesign.it/costes_chair_driade-en.html

 Louis Ghost Chair 2002
Louis Ghost Chair 2002

 

Gun Lamp 2005
Gun Lamp 2005

Image source: https://hivemodern.com/pages/product18/kartell-philippe-starck-louis-ghost-chair-2-pack

Image source: https://www.moma.org/wp/inside_out/2013/06/03/guns-and-design/

Maarten Baas (born in 1978) is a Dutch designer. In June 2002, Baas graduated from the Design Academy with a series of burned furniture called “Smoke.” The Smoke series was adopted in the collection of Dutch label Moooi, founded by Marcel Wanders

Smoke chair
Smoke chair

Info source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maarten_Baas

Image source: https://www.moooi.com/products/smoke-chair

Christopher Guy Harrison (born in 1960) is a British luxury furniture designer . He is the founder and head designer of the international furnishings brand Christopher Guy. Originally known for a wide range of decorative mirrors, the Christopher Guy brand grew into a collection of upholstery, chairs, dining tables, sofas, headboards and office furniture.

Karim Rashid (born in 1960) i san italian radical designer.

Marcel Wanders (born in 1963) is a Dutch designer, and art director who designs architectural, interior and industrial projects. He became internationally known by his iconic Knotted Chair.

Terence Main is an American modernist sculptor who was born in 1954. His best known for the cast metal sculptural furniture that he has been making for more than 20 years, such as Fourth Frond Chair in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fourth Frond Chair
Fourth Frond Chair

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Main

Patricia Urquiola (born in 1961) is a spanish designer.

Ferruccio Laviani (born in 1960).

Xavier Lustis a furniture designer and sculptor. He is best known for the unique technique of shaping metal that he uses to make furniture. The simple and original shapes created by folding and curving metal sheets without a mould have become his work signature.