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Tiki Modern

Tiki Modern


Kirsten, Sven A.

Cl. Koln, 2007

Book ID: 73354

Follow-up to the "Book of Tiki," which brings together the two recent retro trends of mid-century modernism and Tiki style. With his usual mixture of ironic detachment and genuine enthusiasm for the subject, Kirsten shows us how primitivism and modernism were two sides of the same coin in the 1950s and 60s. Decor deities and ersatz ancestors outrageously merged in the modern brutalist furniture from the house of Witco, a company that outfitted Elvis Presley's Jungle Room and Hugh Hefner's Chicago Playboy pool.

334 pp., color illus.