The Virtual House

Furniture 1960s to 1990s

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Photograph of white plastic table and chairs display in the John Lewis Store 1966
White furniture 1966 - click to enlarge

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was no single style for interiors. The Scandinavians produced simple designs, often in natural materials. Other designers used plastics or metals for their fashionable designs. Floral designs, art nouveau (new art) and Victorian antique styles all had their defenders. Wicker chairs were on sale alongside stackable plastic chairs.

In the 1980s, industrial materials such as metal and concrete began to invade the home. The king of high tech (high technology) was French designer Philippe Starck. His designs included interiors of Opera Houses, museums and nightclubs, but also toothbrushes and kettles. His genius was to mix unusual materials (metal with wood, PVC with steel) and textures.

Flat packed furniture for home assembly became popular, too. In many lounges almost every piece of furniture is now self-assembled, except maybe the bigger sofas.

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