While nobody can pin down the origin of the word ‘kitsch’, we all know what it means - from Walt Disney’s Bambi through to kittens in teacups, kitsch has become synonymous with a certain sentimental charm and a degree of universal appeal that makes it both irresistible and faintly embarrassing.
Kitsch decor is something else completely - it combines humour, a lack of convention and a degree of intentional display that makes it a focal point of much interior design, even if the designer themselves wouldn’t describe their work as kitsch.
Who’s good at kitsch decor?
The king of kitsch must be Jonathan Adler, who prefers to call his style ‘modern American glamour’. He began as a potter, moved into textiles and soon after was creating homewares, including furniture and lighting all with that ‘kitsch’ quirk that makes his products both entirely collectable and deliciously tongue-in-cheek.
If Adler is the king, Philippe Starck is the rebel prince. His inventive and subversive approach to design overturns conventions and creates new sidelong glances at ‘classics’ that make the view think again about everyday objects. With a focus on ‘democratic design’ to get as many high-quality items into the hands of the greatest number of people, Starck’s work has become central to many kitsch interiors, from his own hotel designs through to student dorms.
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Making kitsch interiors work for you
It may seem odd to say ‘less is more’ when it comes to kitsch but three things must combine to make this look succeed:
Bring those three elements together and you’ll have a kitsch interior you can live with for a lifetime!