The term Retro summons up imagery of styles from our recent past. As we left behind antiques and ornate decorations post industrial revolution, design in the 50s-70s became more focused on colour palettes and bold shapes. When I think of Retro, bright colours of oranges and reds mixed with acid greens comes to mind. Often warped lines and brash shapes. The term retro often evokes the thought of fashion, interiors and artistic styling that has a slight modernist nod, with a bit of a flair for the theatrical.
Retro design has the amazing cult like following from crowds of dedicated design buffs, we’ve all sat in a retro room in awe of the dedication to the hunt of interior items and bold use of wall papers and let us not forget the glory of a shag pile carpet!
Retro lends itself to being a constant modernisation of the past as it was already old and can be made new again, a wonderful revolving door through the resent eras. It is a well celebrated style in textile design, thank goodness, as we don’t need to be so serious all the time, do we baby?