Connected to some extent with “Instagram-mania,” ‘80s styles are making a strong comeback, with precise reference to the post-modern look, in “fairground” colours, with archetypal architectural elements, columns and round arches. (Paolo Badesco and Costantino Affuso’s Crystal Palace wallpaper for Wall&decò is a case in point). “Seaside” stripes are back, lacquered or in laminate (a material that is enjoying renewed aesthetic appeal). Pink, yellow, blue and sea-green alternate with Venetian influences (real or fake), cement tiles (real or fake) and precious marbles (real or fake). However, there’s no longer any question of judgement in terms of value, the only judgement applies to the taste of anyone suggesting a “mix” – seen as transgressive in the eyes of other people.
When it comes to upholstereds, a return to the early ‘80s is obvious in the “overblown” shapes, where the structure plays a fairly minor role and the support is practically on the floor. The idea is to suggest comfort visually, then experientially (particularly within the context of home-cinema, a dream shared by many during lockdown). The Japanese designer Keij Takeuchi’s Ripamonti armchair for DePadova can be interpreted in this way, for example. Patricia Urquiola, one of the undoubted protagonists of 2020 design, takes up the Eighties reference with her Ruff armchair for Moroso, but she interprets it in a more geometric vein, with a backward tilting backrest. Roberto Tapinassi and Maurizio Manzoni have used tailored quilting to give volume to their Odea 2 for Roche Bobois.