We are starting to get excited about the upcoming Midcentury Modern Show on 18th May in Haggerston, where we’ll be checking out lots of beautiful pieces from the 1960s and 1970s.
It has got us thinking about how we can achieve that Seventies feel by incorporating it into our own homes. At Layer, we are passionate about beautiful design and we love to blend unique pieces no matter what the era – there are no set rules!
Gone are the days when ‘seventies’ was a dirty word, instead the recent love affair with the Seventies takes a more sophisticated approach. Think grown up chic (à la Mad Men) rather than a tacky, slightly mad aesthetic.
1. 1970s Fohr Keramik Pop Art Fat Lava Vase // 2. Danish Sofa c.1970 upholstered in wool // 3. Figural Teak 1970s Sideboard // 4. Brown Leather Club Chair c. 1970s // Teak Sideboard with Painted Drawers // All available from The Old Cinema
We’ve suggested some easy ways to achieve the Seventies style in your own homes:
#1. Sofas and Seating
Leather and velvet corner units are typical of the era lending themselves to practicality as well as beautiful design.
#2. Bold Walls
These can be decorated with bold geometric art as well as gold starburst mirrors which were typical of the period.
#3. Rich Wooden Furniture Pieces
Such as sideboards, bookshelves and desks, numerous dealers now stock these sought after pieces. The antique markets have caught on and we’ve noticed the shift at our frequent trips to Sunbury Antiques Market, whereas before ’70s style was scarce, now there is a plethora of pieces available on an early morning trip.
#4. Colour Scheme
We’d suggest a ‘less is more’ approach here rather than the boldness of the authentic 1970’s. Use warm patinas of gold and russet with pops of colour such as orange, blue and yellow.
Use accessories such as textural rugs along with zany funky lamps and vases with a slightly kitsch feel. Try adding in some house plants to bring life and authenticity as well.