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.
Lita Austin Foster Honeysuckle Tree with Waterhouse Wallhangings
Penderton Sofa – Budapest
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.
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.
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
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