Global Village Coffeehouse - Aesthetic Highlight #1

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When this design style was popular, people did not have as ,uch stuff happening in the world that caused them anxiety, like we do now with the virus, global warming etc. It was a nicer time, and the gentleness and friendliness of the aesthetic amplifies that. I think that's why it makes us all feel so wonderfully nostalgic when we see it. I would be happy for this to make a huge comeback.
 
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Junkies often compare the feeling of slamming H to crawling back into the womb. Well, this aesthetic is that for me.
Exactly. It's just so damn cozy.
It's also diametrically opposed to the Alegria style on account of its warm tones and lack of clean and clear illustration, so that's a big plus.
 
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This aesthetic was always weird to me. I hated seeing it as a kid. Made me think of weird Christian beatniks. Probably because everyone I knew who liked the style was a weird Christian beatnik. It also makes me think of early 90's sitcoms, those little French hats, women in black turtlenecks with silver hoop earrings. I'm kind of glad I didn't have to see more of this aesthetic in my life.
 
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This aesthetic was always weird to me. I hated seeing it as a kid. Made me think of weird Christian beatniks. Probably because everyone I knew who liked the style was a weird Christian beatnik. It also makes me think of early 90's sitcoms, those little French hats, women in black turtlenecks with silver hoop earrings. I'm kind of glad I didn't have to see more of this aesthetic in my life.
Reminds me of byzantine icons found in orthodox households. People in curvy poistures, gradual warm color palets. It's an obscure 90's aesthetic,
 
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I really dislike this aesthetic, mostly because of the obvious BS "corporation with a social conscience" symbolism at work, but there's also something about it that I find fascinating. Maybe it's because I grew up at the same time it was being phased out of popular consciousness. I remember seeing lots of outdated signage in public places and second-hand branded stuff that used the style, and it always stuck in my head because of how hard it clashed with everything else around it. Every picture in this thread just screams "old, "abandoned, and "outdated." The brown palette probably has something to do with it.
 
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This is an awesome idea for a thread! I love the "tribal style" is like esoteric midwest feel. I remember this style in my elementary book fairs. Those bookfairs was the best part of my day because I get to get out of class and I would always get a cool colorful book. Things seemed so much brighter back then. oh and is that the same style of the "sun" in super mario sunshine?
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Wow... this aesthetic is extremely nostalgic for me. I used to wonder what it was called, was EVERYWHERE in Border's books in the late 90s, early 2000s.
 
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Good evening. I got an idea. I'm going to start weekly threads based on specific aesthetics from long ago, and we can discuss the style, have memories, and share examples of this retro aesthetic. Let me know what you all think of this idea. :)

This week's Aesthetic Highlight:

Global Village Coffeehouse (c. late 1980s-late 1990s)

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Global Village Coffeehouse is a postmodern aesthetic that peaked in popularity from the late '80s and remained popular through the early '90s. Characterized by its warm colors, tribal look, Picasso influence, and corporate use. Its use exists within various mediums, including interior design, public art, flyers, and fine art.

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What memories do you have with seeing this aesthetic when you were younger?

Personally, Global Village Coffeehouse reminds me of visiting Disneyland in the early 2000s. Not so much the park but the resort around it, aspects of original California Adventure and especially Downtown Disney. There were also some specific board games, books, and other stuff that my grandmother had around the house at the time.
YEAHHHHH THIS ONE IS TOUGH!!!!
 
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New(ish, I stole from other posters hehe) idea.

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Plaýlist good, but idk imho GVC is 1980/85-95 so the music here is only vibe Ánd retro-active

Also idk if IT was you but Corporate Capitalism Memphis is similar CARI aesth
 
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I seem to be in the minority, in that I really like this aesthetic and always have. I'm curious if anyone has the names of specific pieces or artists that embody this style, as opposed to "functional" art like logos, sign posts, wall coverings, brochures, et cetera. I know it exists because I recall seeing it at the time it was originally popular, but I was young and didn't really pay attention back then. Keith Harding is vaguely in line with GVC, but doesn't really embody it.

I especially love portrayals of the sun and moon with faces that seemed pretty common in this timeframe.
 
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From what I could remember, the vast majority that were included were vector graphics in this style
This is the first thing I thought of as well, 90's clip-art.
So much if it was in this style.
 
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There is a café near my town that still uses this style with a more "old greek" touch. It makes me feel so weird, but comfy. This aesthetic can be used really well if you know how to do it
 
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This aesthetic is such an odd thing for me, I remember seeing it a lot when I was a kid, but only at other people's houses and some restaurants. For whatever reason I guess my parents didn't like the style too much.
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Weirdly enough, this is the only thing I specifically remember being done in this style from my childhood, guess I didn't have enough exposure to other things to remember them.
 
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