Graphic print has been made prominent since the 1920s by American artist, William A. Dwiggins. Further popularised by the Pop Art movement in America during the 1960s, bold graphic prints have been widely received and coveted by the public.

Inspired commercially, works of renown by the renowned, namely Andy Warhol and Roy Litchenstein were big in the avant-garde scene at New York. Their works inspired many, of which led to the popularity of graphic prints.


With print being widespread, artists from different industries partook in it to express their styles which led to the introduction of print onto fabric, which were revolutionised and remodelled onto furniture pieces and accessories.

Heavily inspired and influenced by the pop art culture, print fabrics on furniture were bold and vibrant, elements of which were in its prime in the 1970s; however with textile fabrics being around since 1870s. Contemporary art continues to inspire and evolve in interior design.

Such prints however, came to a halt with the introductory of new materials and workmanship as modernisation influenced the art directions of interior design, re-innovating its aesthetics.


With the acclaimed novelty of graphic prints, it started to spread globally that resulted in it to be widely recieved and produced simultaneously. Artists from around the world used print as a medium to showcase their work in different styles; of which became most popular were bold graphics.

Contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama from Japan and Peter Blake from United Kingdom thrived off the Pop Art movement with their esteemed distinctive graphic prints.

Graphic prints then entered the fashion scene through screen printing which, under its huge influence, led to print being commercialised, widespread and printed onto fabric. 


Leaping to the early 2000s, furniture and interior design styles took a modern twist, accomodating to the technological advancements and trends of the time; bold print designs and textile fabrics came to a complete halt, allowing colour themes and materials to take the limelight. The trends, however ever-changing, were constantly in repetition which encouraged futuristic themes for the beginning of a new century in the 2000s. Modern trends, howsoever, were short-lived, as reminiscing of old styles and repetitions of trends surfaced in the 2010s.


With trends ever-changing, reminiscence starts to kick in, resulting in the repeat of trends and styles. This led to the comeback of vintage and retro from the 1970s, where retro was the modernised take of vintage, styled and inspired by vintage itself. 

Vintage styles are forseeably one of the most popular trends to hit 2019 and possibly timeless classics that will always be widely coveted. This is due to the influence of emotional connection and attachment people have for objects with nostalgia. 

One of the most iconic styles to vintage would be the bold graphic prints from the 1970s, leading this trend to take over 2019 by storm. Its vibrant hues and illustration is a timeless classic that is loved by all. Unapologetically chic and funky, it’s suitable for the young and young at heart.  


Bold, graphic prints in the form of many mediums may be showcased in your interior through wallpaper, accessories and furniture.

Geometric prints of shapes and different colours relieves the vintage vibe with textiles on furniture pieces such as sofas and lounge chairs. This ultimately gives your living space a blast from the past ambience, living retro once again; reminisce the past with timeless classics! 

Refresh your home with bold prints of colour, be experimental and daring to mix and match with accessories such as cushions, vases and print-on-canvas display pieces to add that tinge of subtle modern yet hip style. 


With geometric prints on the rise, there is no doubt in going retro with lounge chairs that spices up your living space with a pop of colour. A wooden body with neon prints in rounded rectangles on a soft, plush cushioning of this Emsley Armchair by SMOKE® screams pop culture vintage at its best. Get funky and pair this with an earth tone colour scheme in your home for a dash of colour and life.

emsley armchair for retro interior design

A modernised take on vintage, graphic cushions are the best accessories to your home. Attention to detail in your home could potentially spark conversations, especially with these  1930s Fornasetti portrait inspired cushions. Artwork of Lina Cavalieri by Piero Fornasetti in a plush, cushion form is definitely one of your essentials to add a pop of colour to your sofa and brighten your interior.

Karin Wing chair for retro interior design
unique cushion to complete your retro interior design



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