Ecce Pomo (“Behold Postmodern”) will be a pop-up store opening September 7 and lasting the duration of Detroit Month of Design. The product selection will be primarily items designed between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s that embody the spirit of Post-Modernism.
Beginning in the 1970s, a pushback to modernism’s austere approach to design began to emerge. Decoration and the emotional meaning objects impart became as important as the function. This movement, known for its irreverence, exuberance and imagination, is known as Post-Modernism.
This shift in focus coincided with a new-found hunger in the marketplace for well-designed items for the home. Led by companies like Alessi of Italy, everyday items such as coffeemakers, pepper mills and water kettles received the designer’s touch. It changed the way the world thought about design – an effect that lives on even now.
In addition to the designs of the period, Ecce Pomo will feature a small assortment of contemporary items that show the influence of this era on product design today, as well as a selection of books.
The pop-up will be open through September 29, 2019