Think VW beetle, peace symbols and funky bee hive hair – think 1960’s.
We all know that fashion, decor and trends go around and keep coming around. Does this mean that I need to keep my bell-bottoms for when they come in fashion again – the answer is NO!
The best thing about trends is that we can keep up with them easily. This is my trend spot for the month – 1960’s furniture is back in!
The trend seems to be tables and chairs with skinny, tripod type slimline legs and bright colours like orange, yellow and red.
The above image shows great examples of the types of chairs that are currently on trend and make lovely show pieces in the home. I would place either the Globe or Egg chair in the bedroom or study and use as a reading chair or even to have an afternoon snooze in if you find them comfortable enough. Use these 1960’s chairs to soften a corner of a room or use as a centerpiece.The kids will love these and use them as space ships I imagine. The Tulip chair can definitely make its come back in the office environment – commercial or home office alike.
This mid-century slim leg coffee table is a great inspiration from the 1950’s to 1960’s. We are going to see a lot of glass being combined with a raw wood look with the furniture again as the trend moves towards the combination of organic and more hard, modern surface finishes. We see this slim leg design in chairs, tables and bedside tables. What is great about them is that for rooms where spaces are limited, the furniture has an open air feel, especially now that glass added to the mix – it’s almost as if it’s not there, but don’t be fooled, if it is a good quality, it is sturdy.
Something to consider about this type of furniture is that the underside is open, so the tables and chairs should be used in the middle of an open space and not against a wall. The bedside cabinets are great, but make sure that plug points are behind the cabinet, otherwise you will see cables and this can look unsightly.
I realised that I have a piece of 1960’s in my own home. We recently had a cabinet made for our tv unit. Obviously it is custom made for the space. We used a semi-gloss white finish combined with a raw recycled wood that gives a retro, old school finish.
Let’s skip the cheesy parts of the 1960’s and focus on the great pieces making their well deserved return in 2015. Enjoy!
*Coffee table from Mr Price Home online store