Remember when you were a kids and believed that the future would look like some combination of Lost in Space, Star Trek, and Tron? My daydreams ot the future were a little more old school. I saw Fritz Lang’s Metropolis when I was very young, probably 8 or 9, and it was a real watershed moment for me. While I may have missed the dystopian message, 1927’s version of the future, at least from a design perspective, certainly left its mark. I was and am still obsessed with the film’s costumes and sets, and it started me on my life-long love of Deco design.
The son of a ceramic sculptor from Barcelona, designer Boyd Baten uses the Art Deco lines I love to create beautiful, memorable wearable pieces. His Etsy store Divamp is full of stunning pieces worked in PVC and leather, and while they’re likely rooted in fetish, they can’t help but be elevated to art. I wish he would have a gallery show in New York so I could go see these fantastical futuristic creations in person.