Design Movement: Postmodernism


Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition; an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical, postmodernism was a visually thrilling multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious. Postmodernism shattered established ideas about style and brought a radical freedom to art and design. At its height in the 1980s, postmodern designers such as the Memphis group, Alessi and Arad, contributed to the New Wave: a few thrilling years when image was everything.


Principal Players

Phillipe Starck

Richard Rogers

Ettore Sottsass


TED – Phillipe Starck

Postmodernism at the V&A

Further Information


V&A Postmodernism