What is it about 1950’s and 1960’s design that we cannot resist? Perhaps it’s the geometric aesthetic clean lines or its timeless, fashionable silhouettes? Maybe it’s the simple, autumnal color palette with a pop of sassy aquas, pinks and turquoises? Or perhaps the reasoning is a tad deeper. Could it be the reminder of precious memories, or the beloved storytelling of prosperous, wholesome family ties post World War II? Whatever the reason may be, these unique, iconic design trends are perpetually inspiring interior design, architecture, fashion, graphics, typography and textiles. These design elements are flourishing our style and culture as we know it.
With beloved TV series like Mad Men, it’s hard to resist the appetite for Modernist revival. Danish furniture, starburst clocks and Robin + Lucienne Day textiles were once the future of the world. The 1950’s were booming after the war. Our country had endured, yet survived, the economic depression preceding the war, and families were adjusting to their suburban life. It was a time that found everyone looking towards and contemplating the “space aged” future. Homes were populated with pastel appliances with chrome accents, clean lines, shag rugs, floral prints, color TV’s and lustrous curves.
Today, we’ve seen a prominent call back to these types of design ingredients. When once, society was looking towards the future, we’re now referring back to these times for product inspiration and future development in our modern design world. Renowned, influential designers such Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Florence Knoll and Harry Bertoia metamorphosed the spirit of modern product and furniture design. As decorating trends move in and move out, the timeless, classic work of these revolutionary designers will never push out of style.
To learn more about the Revival Direction, one of six trends forecasted by Charles Luck Stone Center in Perspectives, our annual architecture and design forecast, please visit our website or view this video. And check out these awesome images below!