The concept of Kitsch (from him. Kitschen - to do something somehow, to tinker) appeared at the end of the nineteenth century in Germany. It began to denote mass-produced, artistic objects that have a low cost and the same low artistic qualities. Simply put, consumer goods. Most often, these were statues, postcards, pictures of "for comfort", souvenirs. Deprived of creativity and authenticity inherent in true art, kitsch immediately became an example of bad taste, primitivism and vulgarity.
Interior design in the style of Kitsch is divided into "spontaneous" (unconscious) and "intentional." Conventionally, it can be divided into three areas:
Dictated by kitsch lumpen poverty. This is a variety of furniture, outdated furnishings, cheap trinkets. Kitsch lumpen - an indicator of the low standard of living and innovative thinking of the author.
Intentional (designer) Kitsch - this phenomenon is quite rare. This is a challenge to well-established canons and rules; it is a parody of the vestiges of the past, emphasizing modern achievements. Only very brave, creative, mostly young, people who are rebels in spirit can afford to use the Kitsch style in the interior. And these are people seeking to declare themselves, to draw attention to themselves. This category can be considered a creative elite (bohemia). Designer Kitsch - "crazy" youth, courage and sophisticated taste.
Features kitsch style
Like any other style in the art of interior design, the Kitsch style has its own individual features:
Mixing in the same interior a variety of styles
The kitchen is the most frequent example of such spontaneous kitsch. This room is often a "vinaigrette", for example, from the classical style, the style of futurism and country music.
Disharmony of color and form
Vanguard style, as mentioned earlier, gave life to the Kitsch style, and therefore the used color palette and shapes of these two styles, it would seem, are identical. But there is a significant difference. In the interior, made in the style of avant-garde, there is a harmony of color and shape. For example, bright color accents (such as furniture) in the interior are always contrasted with a light background. And in the style of Kitsch there is a complete absence of any color rules and borders! All colors of the spectrum, including acidic, are used in Kitsch-style interior design beyond all measure. And strict geometric forms side by side with formlessness. A real riot of colors and shapes, dissonant with each other!
Combination of incompatible materials
Materials in the style of Kitsch are used contradictory. Sharing them in any other style would be considered bad form, but not in the style of Kitsch. Czech glass and plastic, velvet and artificial fur, "marble" columns and linoleum, chrome and gilding - everything can be used, and at the same time.
A large number of interior trinkets and decorative elements
The kitsch style welcomes the presence in the interior of a huge number of decorative details - figurines and busts, reproductions of paintings and posters, postcards and dolls, candlesticks and watches, openwork napkins and lambrequins, designer souvenirs and consumer goods. It is desirable that all these pleasant trinkets were many and preferably immediately in one place.
So dictates the style of Kitsch - the style of contradictions and creative chaos.