Radical-Kitsch (1980s-present)

Radical-Kitsch are Post-Modern styles characterized by humorous and eccentric objects, which tend to be superficial and/or excessively theatrical.

American pop superstar Michael Jackson with his pet monkey Bubbles by Jeff Koons.
Michael Jackson with his pet monkey Bubbles (Jeff Koons)

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The Terms of Radical-Kitsch

Anti-Design was a movement and style born in Italy. The movement employed striking colors, scale distortion, and featured irony and kitsch. The function of the object was to change completely through the architectural manipulation. Thus, the period was called Radical Design period. 

Grainary doors of the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple Granary, in Japan. Radical departure in the visual world of the ancient Japan.
Kyomizu-Dera Temple Granary in Japan

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Radical-Kitsch Wellness Art Journaling Page.
Radical-Kitsch Wellness Art Journaling Page

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Famous Designers

Architect and designer Alessandro Mendini focused on neo-modern and contemporary features. As an architect, he designed several structures, such as Alessi residence in Omegna, Italy. In addition, he created the ornate and singular Proust Armchair Medini for the Italian firm Cappellini.

Alessandro Mendini's Proust Armchair.
Proust Armchair by Alessandro Mendini

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Philippe Starck was born in Paris, in 1949, and he is one of the best known and creative designers of his time. During his life, he obtained many important prizes, such as the one won in the Grand Prix National de la Création industrielle and the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects.

Philippe Starck's Cafe Costes Chair, designed in 1982.
Philippe Starck’s Cafe Costes Chair, designed in 1982

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Costes chair, created by Philippe Starck for Driade, features a black painted tubular steel structure and curving plywood shell made of mahogany, grey oak or other precious woods. The timeless design of the Costes chair makes it relevant today. Plus, this is over 26 years since it was first placed on the market.

Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck.
Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck

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Maarten Baas  was born in Germany. In June 2002, he obtained a degree at the Design Academy and created a series of burned furnishings and an ingenious sundial that show time in shadowtexts. Additionally, the Smoke series entered the collection of Dutch label MOOOI, desired by Marcel Wanders.

The Smoke Series by Maarten Baas.
The Smoke Series by Maarten Baas

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

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