After browsing through these books a half a dozen times, I'm convinced that there's nothing really "new" in design. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing - I think it just shows that great design is timeless, and doesn't have to be "new & improved." I have some images to share with you that are out of these mid-century books that are completely relevant (although some might say redundant) to where we are today! These images are crude, the pictures in the books were very small, and I took them with my point and shoot.
This image is from the 1975 BH&G book. What about that wallpaper? And that fresh green and white color scheme? It's good, right?
Oversize paper lantern, (did they have Ikea and Pier 1 back then?) coffee table, painted parsons desk, turquoise and green color scheme.
Yep, that's a ceramic garden stool and lots of Asian-inspired/Chinoiserie accents. Red lacquer lampshade.
Asian screen, painted coffee table, mix of furniture styles.
Horizontal stripes, black & white color scheme with a single accent color.
Can you see that this room was done by Dorothy Draper? Would you make any changes nearly 50 years later?
Don't get me started on this one. Bri, I'm sure there's a project for you based on that wallpaper. You can do it at my house :)
Okay, so what do you think? I've read on several different blogs that certain design elements (like Chevron patterns, gallery walls, painted furniture and ceramic garden stools) are "over". Do these 50-year old images prove them wrong?
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