Browsing: Decor

When the Bean Bag emerged in the late 60s and 70s it was heralded as the furniture of tomorrow for the well-heeled of today. It also started life with a…

In the late 60s and early 70s, the Black Light brought a new dimension to our world. White T-shirts and teeth suddenly would glow in the dark, and gaudy fluorescent…

The Dansette record player became an iconic artefact of the youth culture of the 1950s and 1960s, and the name became a generic term for many different makes of small…

Newton’s Balls (pictured at right) were the first widespread executive toys. These were a series of chrome ball-bearings suspended from a metal frame, which could be pulled back and released…

An abundance of disposable income combined with Hawaii’s entrance into the Union in 1959 manifested itself in the US as a mania for all things Hawaiian . . . Polynesian…

The suburban spread in the 1950s predictably led to fads in home decorating and design. Interior white woodwork was in and out again by 1950, and the living room now…

The majority of homes in the 1960s were furnished with an eclectic mixture of furniture from a variety of periods, but the increase in the number of young people setting…

Until the 70s, interior design was simply a DIY pursuit. Once the seventies hit, it was a lifestyle statement. The dominant colours were Puce, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green (sorry, Avocado),…

K-Tel were famous for their TV commercials pitching their mass-market compilation LPs and tapes and their household ‘gadgets’. Everything they sold was labelled “As advertised on TV” as if that…

The Lava Lamp was created in the early 60s by a British engineer by the name of Craven Walker in an experiment gone awry. Nobody can remember what Walker was…

In 1957, Don Featherstone designed the first plastic lawn flamingo for Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts. A trained sculptor with a background in classical art, Featherstone created the now-ubiquitous pink…

Even in the 1970’s most of the cool set thought macramé was only for hippies or bored convicts. But you could make loads of groovy and useful stuff with macramé,…

The ubiquitous icon of the Aquarian age and one of the most widely known symbols in the world. In Britain it is recognised as standing for nuclear disarmament – and…

The first large-scale exhibition of Pop Art was held at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1963, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Astonishment reigned at paintings…

In 1968, Charles Prior Hall, a furniture designer in California decided to create the world’s most comfortable chair. Taking his cue from the very popular bean bag chairs of the…