Ornament Is Not a Crime

Contemporary interiors with a postmodern twist


Celebrate bold colour, dramatic curves, scalloped edges and the drama of postmodernism in contemporary interiors.


ISBN: 9781760763084 Category:

Rebecca Gross


The distinctive visual language, bright colours and unexpected materials of the 80s postmodernists are making a comeback. After decades of minimalism, mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, a new wave of architects and designers are experimenting with shape, scale and symbolic references to add expression and meaning to interior and furniture design.

Playing with the themes of postmodernism, sometimes knowingly, sometimes incidentally, creatives are once again demonstrating that form doesn’t have to follow function, less is not more and ornament is not a crime. These twenty-one houses from around the world transform the everyday with joyful colours and patterns, the juxtaposition of materials and the celebration of surfaces. Daring and delightful with a healthy dose of wit and whimsy, this exuberant showcase is for anyone seeking bold inspiration for their home.

Additional information

Weight 1598 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 26 September 2023
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.2 x 28.1 cm
Weight 1598 g


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Rebecca L Gross is a Sydney-based writer who specialises in architecture, design and design history. She has a master's degree in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons School of Design in New York and is interested in studying cultural history through the lens of architecture, design and visual culture.

Rebecca has been widely published in print and online media, including Artichoke, Houses, Green and Sanctuary, and writes for architecture practices and design studios.