70s waiting-room art is trendy again: yay or nay?

There’s a decorating trend bubbling up that we’ve noticed but have tried to overlook. You know, those boldly-colored graphic prints that remind you of waiting in the dentist’s office when you were a kid? Yes, we’re talking about Marüshka prints, which were extremely prevalent in the 70s and 80s and now seem to be extremely hip, as our friends over at collectorsweekly.com have pointed out.

The Michigan-based design collective started making affordable, Japanesey woodblock prints in the mid 70s. Marüshka prints originally cost about $24 a piece and were on linen or cotton canvas and would be silkscreened by hand, stretched, and fitted to a wood frame. Nowadays they’re popping up on design blogs like Apartment Therapy, and knockoffs are in trendy catalogs like Urban Outfitters.

As much as we appreciate bold graphic prints (we are huge Marimekko fans) we are on the fence about this resurgence. What about you? Waiting-room prints: Yay or Nay?

From our partners

Nay! Ok maybe that last one in a foyer? No, still nay :)