It’s happening.. It’s returning.. 70s design is everywhere from ironic vintage plates to high fashion catwalk shows and we’ve decided to stop fighting this revival and look for the best examples of design that reimagine this black hole of taste as something worth celebrating.
We’re a little biased, as you may have noticed, but if the seventies were filled with the design aesthetic of the finds below, we could cope with a return to the decade that style forgot.
The seventies aren’t the only thing that makes us cry.. We love this copper onion lamp by Verner Panton and could see it hanging in a contemporary home today next to a chic mid-century armchair to provide just enough light for a reading area.
Sure, it’s a little kitsch but if it’s not hanging in a kitchen we think it’s a fun way to introduce a metallic texture to a room.
Wallpaper is already a trend but if we’re going to wade into the murky area of 70s wallpaper design we’d like online retailer Wallpaper From The 70s to be our guide. We’re particularly drawn to the Muriel retro floral motif albeit reimagined in a more calming colour palette. Is it 70s? It looks a little 50s but we’re going to let this one pass.
If you’re brave enough, why not go all out and embrace the reds, greys and yellows? It’s only wallpaper at the end of the day and its changeability makes it an easy way to try something new without committing yourself to it forever.
We’re completely addicted to Project Runway at Studio Ombre HQ and we’ve noticed that fringing is a regular and welcomed guest on the runway. However, we seldom see it on the streets despite its seemingly almost universal appeal.
Perhaps the fringes paired with rather contemporary silhouettes in the Burberry Prorsum AW15 collection will make a debut on the streets of Paris. Somehow it seems like a bit of a stretch, but if fringe is going to make an appearance, we think these looks are at the top of their game.
Brass tchotchkes EVERYWHERE! While this motto from the seventies may not ring true today, a few beautiful brass ornaments can go a long way to personalise a space while keeping things fun and chic. We’ve been a fan of Jonathan Adlerfor some time and we’ve even picked up a few of his beautiful vases for ourselves but these brass objects feel like a throwback to the 70s while still being fresh and modern.
What’s more, they’re not prohibitively expensive. We particularly like the brass elephant magnifying glass – perfect for Columbo lovers.
It’s time for a drink, don’t you think? The 70s were notorious for their cocktail hours and this gorgeous drinks trolley by Luigi Massoni for Guzzini is the perfect way to reintroduce a little relaxation to your afternoons – in moderation, of course.
This is such a wonderful example of great design done well because the form, the materials and the use all feel as relevant today as they did when it was designed. Some things, like cocktail hour, never go out of fashion.
Cheers to you, Luigi.