Have you seen this kitch from the '70s?

Vladimir Tamari's picture

In the late 1970's my wife and I and two small children lived in a crowded Tokyo apartment. We needed an extra clothes cabinet so we bought the first one we found. It consisted of a metal frame covered with nylon on which was printed a garish pattern of coffee beans and garbled Italian and English text. Over the years the design became a family joke and we remember that item fondly long after the original has gone. Here is a recreation of the pattern- the original typography was much better but this gives the general effect. The Italian is either misremembered or was supposed to have been Pranzo In Cucina - lunch in the Kitchen. Hence the kitch designation. Anybody seen such a design anywhere?

ChuckGroth's picture

i know you are trying to recreate the 'effect' here, but it's really hard for ME to say much about this, since it's not the real mccoy, and there are too many variables to know what the piece actually looked like.

but you should keep fond memories of your time in tokyo and the goofy cabinet you had while there.

Vladimir Tamari's picture

there are too many variables to know what the piece actually looked like. but you should keep fond memories of your time in tokyo and the goofy cabinet you had while there.

Of course, I should have tried harder to recreate the original. But at this distance in time I have a feeling there was a standard '70's design look - epitomised by Saul Bass's movie title style. I'm still in Tokyo - now for graphic goofiness one goes to www.engrish.com

Vladimir Tamari's picture

This may be closer to what I remembered.

Therese Brockie's picture

I have some ideas but its too hard to say since this isn't real. I know you are trying to recreate the 'effect' but like someone else said, there are too many variables.

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