21 October 2019

The Instagram showcasing delightfully extra ’80s interiors

While the ‘80s might be known as the ugly era of decor, London-based retail manager Simon Knight is working hard to change people’s perceptions with his delightfully garish interiors Instagram account,@the_80s_interior. Showcasing the maximalist design of the era—think gaudy neons alongside nauseating pastels, chunky TV sets, garish tiles, and a lush abundance of tropical palms—the account is the antithesis to the contemporary obsession with clean white-walled minimalism.


Now boasting an impressive 144k followers, Knight started @the_80s_interior back in 2017 when when he was searching for pictures of an old shopping mall he used to visit. He posted some photos on his account, and received such a positive reaction from friends that he thought there was and Instagram account to be made here. Plucking the kitschy images from old interiors books and magazines—salvaged from extensive Ebay and thrift shop trawling— the inspiration was simply the sensation of nostalgia.

The anything-goes ethos of the account has only one exception: no people. “On my feed I like the interiors to be void of people as I like my followers to imagine themselves in the rooms and make it their own,” explains Knight. “It also just looks nicer, more like a set piece.” From pastel velveteen sofas and peachy colour palettes to mirrored elevators and kaleidoscopic bathroom tiling and hot-tubs galore, @the_80s_interior is a treasure trove of over-the-top ‘80s design. And Knight’s personal favourite feature? The “carpeted sunken baths,” of course.





The Ultimate Illumination - “This expanded space was created by Joseph and Bea Solomon from areas that were once small and boxy. Light-infusing skylights were added to the informal dining area after ceilings were raised to dramatic heights. The gallery like setting showcases people and art in the most complimentary way.” . (The Los Angeles Times California Home Book - Edited by Carolyn S. Murray 1982) . Scanned by me @the_80s_interior . #diningroom #homedecoration #diningroomtable #retroaesthetic #80saesthetic #vintageaesthetic #retrohome #retrohomedecor #vintagehomedecor #vintagehome #80sedit #retroedit #80sstyle #80sdesign #retrofurniture #vintagefurniture #vintagedecor #80svintage #80svibes #80snostalgia #interior_delux #80sinterior #retrointerior #1980something #80sclassic #interiordesign #the80s #totally80s #80spopculture
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“Baskets of purplish dried herbs and flowers slung from purple-painted trellis are interestingly juxtaposed with large rose cushions and a comfortable pile of rose and blue cushions (pillows) in this luxuriant conservatory/garden room. The odd touch of sapphire blue in the stripped pine floor seem to throw the rest of the softer colours into a gentle and harmonious relief, as do the terracotta urns and the sharp fresh green leaves of the plants.” . (The Mary Gilliatt Book Of Colour - 1985) . Scanned by me @the_80s_interior . #conservatory #driedflowers #gardenroom #retroaesthetic #80saesthetic #vintageaesthetic #retrohome #retrohomedecor #vintagehomedecor #vintagehome #80sedit #retroedit #80sstyle #80sdesign #retrofurniture #vintagefurniture #vintagedecor #80svintage #80svibes #80snostalgia #interior_delux #80sinterior #retrointerior #1980something #80sclassic #interiordesign #the80s #totally80s #80spopculture
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