7. Button Tufting
Another 1980s seating trend was button tufting. Ostensibly designed to make a car’s interior look plusher, this feature only highlighted the driver and/or automaker’s poor taste.
As the name suggests, buttons were sewn into the seating surface to give it a sort of “puckered” appearance. Oftentimes the little medallions were arranged in a geometric pattern for maximum gaudiness. Making the bad taste even more oppressive, this design trend was often applied to chintziest vinyl available, a glossy material that was also offered in horribly kitschy hues.