Why interior design dates back to the seventies of the last century

Courtesy of Pierce Ward

The great interior designer David Hicks once said, “The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.” While that feels great, think back to grandma’s house draped in plastic, furniture draped in plastic, artificial crushed velor, dreadful shades of orange, and, saving us all, a shaggy rug. Unfortunately for Grandma, they were a product of their time when plastic was still new enough to be modern shaggy rugs to match with men’s flowing hair.

The 1970s were a period of excess, both in spirit and in the case of interior design, a muddy orange that would hopefully calm down with an era of its own. However, the old adage that everything goes back to what is new is true. The design trend of the 70s has not yet overshadowed modern interiors, but the new season is a harbinger, a sophisticated extraction of the good moments of the era. New trends are cherry-picking elements like low stools, playful florals, and even wood paneling. All of those are seeing a cutting-edge revival, thanks to help from brands like Bode and Green River Project. Nostalgia for warm, warm colors and materials like rattan feel comfortable this time around, even if it’s a bit of freedom from the extremes.

From faded Chinese style to Palm Beach glamour, this selection of products shows that the ’70s is a decade worth revisiting, and we’ve just approached a cleaner, more modern conviction of design.

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Lita Austin Foster Honeysuckle Tree with Waterhouse Wallhangings


Penderton Sofa – Budapest

The ’70s was all about textiles like needlepoint, bargello, and macrame. Object’s oversized sofa uses a Pierre Frey-inspired stitching fabric to create a design full of nostalgia. It is definitely the centerpiece of any living room.


Pierce Ward Turabi Tribute to the 1970s

Louisa and Emily of Pierce and Ward perfectly balance the relaxed, laid-back California style of the 1970s with modern interiors. Sophisticated wood paneling, earthy tones, and clean-lined velvet sofas help the feel grounded while the light stays on.

Gabriella Hearst’s Spring ’22 collection offers flare legs, crochet details, and colorful patterns that feel high on style this season.


Safavi carnation – dates – sandy flax

The 1970s inspired a love for paisley and Indian-inspired textiles. Soane’s Safavid Carnation fabric in earthy browns is a sophisticated reinterpretation of classic ’70s inspiration.


Lee Radziwill’s house in 1976

Style Icon Lee Radziwill has created an interior that looks as sophisticated today as it did in the ’70s. Filled with cane furniture, plants, oriental-inspired bookcases, a boldly patterned rug, and a pretty shade of earthy pink, this is at the height of 1970s interior design.

In the spirit of David Hicks, the boldly patterned La Chance rug is shown by The Invisible Collection and is handwoven.


Light Candlestick for Pictures Size 24 Inch

This picture light from Amanda Lindroth adds just the right hint of ’70s rattan culture while adding caning to the texture.

The new edition of Laura drawn by Thibault that appeared in the Willow Tree collection at this year’s High Point Market is an exact copy of a document from the 1920s. With a slightly larger scale and a warm color palette, it has a decidedly contemporary nod to the ’70s.


New Rose Fabric by Lee Industries on a swivel chair

Lee Industries introduced a new texture called Naomi Rose for its fall release inspired by the flowing wallpaper of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shown here on the 3471-01SW swivel chair, it’s the most elegant update to those crushed gold velor chairs that were the “it” piece of furniture in the ’70s.

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