The silver ‘Astro’ lava lamp is one of Mathmos’ most popular designs, and no 90s bedroom was complete without one. Pop yours on now, and it might just be warmed up by the time you reach the end of this gallery…
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Due to the signs advertising beer on the outside of bars and pubs in the 1990s, neon lights surged in popularity. And thanks to artist Tracey Emin, neon signs are a hot-trend once more! You can spot shining motivational messages and quirky shapes on the walls of most Instagram-worthy abodes.
THE DAWN OF FLAT-PACK
Encouraging us to ‘do it ourselves’, flat-pack superstore IKEA first landed on British shores in the 1980s. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that the UK fully embraced its pared-down Scandi style, which encouraged us to ‘chuck out the chintz’ and keep things simple.
KEEP IT NATURAL
Popular interior designer Kelly Hoppen‘s signature colour was taupe, and as such, soft and neutral shades were the colour palette of the era. Think warm browns, peaches and pale shades, like these from Farrow & Ball and Dulux
Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? We simply can’t tell. Inspired by the interiors of the Far East, futons were a staple in our 90s schemes. Often featuring a wooden slatted frame, overlaied with a thin (occasionally lumpy) mattress, no spare bedroom was complete without one.
Inspired by an 18th-century classic, but crafted from stackable and practical plastic, Philippe Starck’s ‘Louis Ghost’ armchair was an expression of 20th-century creativity. A playful nod to the traditional antique Louis XIV armchair, this classic design has been copied the world over.
IF IN DOUBT, SPONGE
Any home decorator worth their salt will have indulged in a spot of tasteful stencilling, rag-rolling or sponge painting in the 90s. Encouraged by the oh-so popular home makeover show (who remembers BBC’s Changing Rooms?) we can’t help but admire these highly creative interior pursuits… even if we do find the ivy and leaf designs a little strange.
THE AGE OF ALESSI
From spring-loaded toothpick holders to colourful plastic containers, classic Italian designer Alessi embraced the mood of the 90s. Focusing on playful colour and form, Alessi certainly divided design opinion – yet throughout the 90s it employed some of the eras most prolific designers, and sales rocketed.
Read the full feature in the November issue of Homes & Antiques (our extra-special 300th issue!).