No one can straddle the good taste / bad taste line and pull it off quite like homosexuals. Case in point is this photo spread I found in the May 1987 issue of Architectural Digest while I was doing research for my 80s art tumblr. It’s a spotlight on designer Anthony Machado’s Los Angeles studio apartment, which the accompanying article describes as “the ultimate phantasmagoria of California style” and is now my model for the ultimate late-80s gay fantasy lair. “The space serves as a glamorous and eccentric set,” The article continues. “French fashion designer Thierry Mugler and interior designer Andree Putman came to see it when they visited Los Angeles, and Madonna, Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol have also paid visits.” I feel this is a good aesthetic to revive for 2011, since as we acquire more and more things, having a decor scheme that actually thrives on overkill just makes sense. Apparently, Machado went on to decorate palaces for the Saudi Arabian royal family before dying of AIDS related complications in 1995 . . .
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