A flamingo in a flock of pigeons

Design wears wings

by Valentina Ieva
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Once considered as kitsch and almost tasteless, flamingos became the protagonists of design, in total harmony with the latest jungle and tropical trends.

A trend which exceeded the boundaries of fashion, starting from the trash cinema through hi-tech gadgets to furniture.

 

In the 80s and 90s in the USA the nice pink flamingos turned from being bad-taste garden ornaments to be the symbol of the rebellion of the new class of the rich, also thanks to the contribution by the artist Andy Warhol, who "pulled them out of a hat" and made them becoming part of the Pop Art, just like he did with the Campbell soup cans. 

Until in 1987 the Massachusetts’s governor proclaimed the plastic birds "an essential contribution to the American popular art"

 

Coloured, bizarre, but also twisting and funny, these animals, with their exotic charm, invaded the world of interior design.

Here is a selection of funny design hints and ideas to fit out and ornament several and different spaces with flamingos, always present also on wallpapers.

Waikiki restaurant by OMY design | Rishon LeẔiyyon, Israele 

The Dutch by Ontwerpbureau Reiters | Maastricht, Netherlands 

The Locksmith by Studio Y. | Foshan, Cina 

CCS by +R | piuerre | Milan, Italy

Loft metropolitano IM by matca studio | Rome, Italy

La stanza di Gio by Stefano Viganò | Sondrio, Italy

BIT - BLOOM IN TOWN by Diorama | atelier di architettura e designsmall | Molfetta, Italy

 

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

    References
    Waikiki restaurant 13

    Waikiki restaurant

    Rishon LeZion / Israel

    The Dutch 14

    The Dutch

    Maastricht / Netherlands / 2016

    THE LOCKSMITH 24

    THE LOCKSMITH

    Foshan / China / 2017

    CCS 26

    CCS

    Milan / Italy

    Loft metropolitano IM 32

    Loft metropolitano IM

    Rome / Italy

    La stanza di Gio 27

    La stanza di Gio

    Sondrio / Italy / 2016

    BIT - BLOOM IN TOWN 81

    BIT - BLOOM IN TOWN

    Molfetta / Italy / 2017