Pomo summer: Ettore Sottsass' Carlton bookcase was the defining product of the 1980s Memphis Group. In the latest instalment of our Postmodernism series, we explore how its bright coloured laminates and playful form typified Memphis' challenge to Modernism's impersonal aesthetic. More »
Pomo summer: Aldo Rossi's unfinished San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena, Italy, is considered one of the first and most important Postmodern buildings. As part of our Postmodernism series we explore how the architect, who denied being part of the controversial movement, designed the seminal building in 1971 while recovering from a car crash (+ slideshow). More »
Feature: thirty-three years after designs by the Memphis Group caused a "mass-media event" at the Salone del Mobile, the bold graphic style they created is back in favour in Milan and is appearing in some unusual places, finds Dan Howarth. More »
Dezeen Wire: architectural theorist Charles Jencks has written a new article for Blueprint magazine about the resurgence of postmodern architecture over the past twenty years, during which time other commentators claim it has become defunct.
Jencks points to projects from the likes of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron and Santiago Calatrava as demonstrative of the continuing influence of postmodern ideas, which he claims have led to "the explosive growth in iconic buildings and landmark sculptures."
Dezeen Wire: author and curator Stephen Bayley has written a savage review of the Victoria & Albert museum's current exhibition of Postmodern design and architecture, which he describes as "a revived chamber of horrors." - The Architect's Newspaper
In his article, Bayley calls Robert Venturi's extension to the National Gallery in London "a pitiably ill-proportioned and architecturally illiterate dollop of pious schmaltz," and dismissively concludes that the exhibition is "a lot of tired one-liners, as fatigued as old newspapers."
Dezeen Wire: Justin McGuirk of The Guardian is the latest critic to write about the kitsch revival of postmodernism, which he says remains popular with consumers - The Guardian
A retrospective about the postmodern movement opens at the Victoria & Albert museum on 24 September. See recent articles on postmodernism by Alice Rawsthorn for The New York Times and Rowan Moore in The Observer.
Dezeen Wire: ahead of the opening of Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the Victoria & Albert Museum next week, design critic Alice Rawsthorn describes the hype and controversy that surrounded the movement and its influence on subsequent designers - The New York Times
See a previous article discussing the definition of postmodernism by The Observer's architecture critic Rowan Moore here.
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