|Red? In a bedroom? In a bordello maybe. Postmodern daring with floating Modern furnishings and design simplicity.
|The Postmodern "what'll they think of next?"
The sleeping pallet is lowered at night, raised during the day.
Let me make the point at this point, that many people, accustomed to the neat, clean, no-nonsense look of Modernism, will not like Postmodernism. Postmodernism does not strive for perfection. It is not fussy but a bit on the "messy" side adjusting to lifestyles over Architectural Digest ideals of beauty. Postmodernism accepts the fact that most people live in housing built during a different eras. In terms of interior design, rather than fight this fact of life, Postmodernism adjusts to it. Postmodern designer update when possible, camouflaging the outdated when necessary, but contend with it when costs or construction factors prohibit other alternatives. In doing so, Postmodernism designers employ their most powerful tool--ingenuity (above).
|The first Postmodern house in the U.S., designed by
Robert Venturi for his mother, 1962-64
|Postmodern design--when it's good, it's good,
when it's bad, it's godawful.
signers dare what
most of us would
not even think of
doing, often with a
strange sense of
|Where is it engraved in stone that a
fireplace must burn wood, or that clothes
must be hidden away in closets when
not being worn?
The postmodern decorator cares little that the starkly cantilevered fireplace (above, right) burns only gas, or that it is mostly made of insulated steel faced with a thin veneer of cut stone. And why not move the laundry into the same area as the clothes? Very often too, Postmodern designers go to what would once have been considered extreme lengths to reflect the personality of their clients, as seen in the starkly male bedroom (below) occupied by a single airline pilot on the rare occasions he's in town. One client is always easier to accommodate than two.
|Part man cave, part bedroom, and totally high-tech.
So what if the bed doesn't always get made up?
|Notice how skillfully the designer has blended the
old with the new in the living room just above.
|Bark and stone, not usually found
in the kitchen, and the mark of an
ingenious designer and a tolerant
Dining rooms are somewhat simpler. There are no damned appliance with hard edges and sharp corners to deal with. Nor do separate dining rooms have sinks, dishwashers, exhaust fans, ungainly refrigerators and acres upon acres of granite countertops. In fact, dining room furniture is more likely to be purchased new and more likely to bear at least some traits of Postmodern design. The problem is that separate dining rooms are now becoming nearly extinct in the context of Postmodern architecture. Postmod-ern architects love to blend living spaces, which very often puts the dining area either in or directly adjacent to the kitchen, once more imposing upon the quiet sanctity of the family dining time the hectic hubbub of food preparation and all the aforementioned robotic kitchen aides so deficient in anything other than Bauhaus modernism. The Postmod-ern kitchen designers at right have employed a number of tactics in breaking free of the sterile, white or white, ambience so common in kit-chens during the height of Mod-ernism. Ceiling beams are left open; bright colors run rampant; framed family photos adorn the walls; straight edges are jettisoned in favor of curves; comfort co-ops style; and everywhere the practical takes pre-cedence over the pretty.
Dining lends itself to styles
as diverse as Quaker and
Minimalism yet all within the
context of Postmodernism.
Unlike past decorating eras, no room in today's modern home gets more attention or lends itself more easily to Postmodern design than the bathroom. Unlike kitchen appliance designers, those involved in designing plumbing fixtures seem to be on a roll. Commodes have become sleeker, showers larger and more transparent, while bathtubs are becoming downright decadent in terms of size and shape. You can actually buy transparent Lucite bathtubs, though I'm not sure exactly why you'd want to. Statistics tend to indicate Americans are spending more and more time in areas associated with bathing, dressing, and physical exercise which, given the Postmodern tendency to combine various functional living spaces, it's only natural that bathrooms should become more spacious, more luxurious, and more beautiful. Architects are now designing bathtubs and spas set before windows affording bathers broad, unobstructed, scenic views while beside them, a fire crackles in the bathroom fireplace (probably burning natural gas).
|With bathrooms like this, who needs the rest of the house?
|Putting Postmodern fun into home stairways.
|A catwalk (literally)--fun and games for your family's
Postmodern feline. After all, cats are people too.
|There's even a Postmodern version
of the ubiquitous electrical outlet. It
eliminates the need for a power strip.