Are you ready? Buckle up because the 1970s are now the new trend in fashionable and in vogue furnishings for your interiors. I know, you just got acclimated to
wanting everything to be mid-century modern in your house, but such it is.
Now don’t fret. It doesn’t mean you have to throw everything out. Good is always good in furnishings. AND you are entitled to like what you like. That is an unwritten rule in interior design. Once you buy into re-doing your space, no one says it has to be on the cutting edge. I am merely the messenger today, and I take seriously my obligation to keep you up on the latest and greatest.
I had been seeing articles about 1970s design here and there and then I came across one written by my dear friend, Jen Renzi, in the Wall Street Journal magazine, called “Cue the ’70s” and decided it is definitely happening now. It’s a good read and you should definitely check it out if you missed it.
I think you need to try and orient yourself to what was happening in that decade. Think 1970s: Hippies were giving way to the famous “Me Generation” of Tom Wolfe, visits to exotic places like Morocco were de regueur, the Vietnam war was finally over, Elvis Presley died, Steve Jobs developed the first Apple computer, gas shortages plagued the US, Nixon visited Red China and the USSR and inmates rioted at Attica.
In interior design it was the end of the Space Age look and the beginning of orange, yellow, brown, cream, purple, avocado…and sometimes all in the same fabric! Bold patterns were the rage, along with shag carpeting, chrome and plastic furniture, garish lampshades and the infamous lava lamp, and huge lounge-like sofa arrangements…none of which, when looking back on it, seems particularly fabulous, only perhaps for it’s bad taste.
Oddly enough, the 1970s, for those of you who have chosen to erase that decade from your memory dezign-wise, was actually an abundant period of new furniture design both here and in Europe. Fabulous pieces of furniture were being produced by such notable designers as Guy de Rougemont, Maria Pergay, Gabriella Crespi, Pierre Paulin and Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. Italian design companies like Archizoom and Memphis emphasized the playfulness of furniture design.
I like the aggressive nature of the design…a lot of creativity, inventiveness and boldness. The trick, according to Renzi, is to mix in a little bit of it with your other furnishings.
That was actually how the top interior designers of he period handled these avant pieces, mixing them strategically into classical interiors. Just like the design doctor has said many times before, a little bit of this and a little bit of that cooks up to be unbeatable interior design!
The book by Ann Bony, Furniture & Interiors of the 1970’s , seems to be the bible of the period. Think I am going to pick up a copy and tweak my knowledge of the ’70s so my eyes will be really sharp while out there on the prowl.
Just to leave you more in the mood for what ‘the what‘ was in the 1970s here’s a quick video about New York City in the 1970s. Those of you who lived here at that time will probably have a few ah-ha moments when you look at it.
So, are you in a Seventies mood now???
CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!