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Nostalgia or Shredder Material? #7

Here's an interesting image! Time again for "Nostalgia or Shredder Material." In design school, I learned of the element of "continuity." It appears that this designer did too. Of course, if this is a 70s kitchen, we must have yellow and gold, and some orange too. That hanging lamp was a typical lamp of the 70s, I forget the name it was called. The cooktop is on the rear wall. Makes me wonder if there is actually wallpaper behind the cooktop!?

One thing we know for sure...they are very important people! See the two phones?

It's fun to look at these images. I think there is a LOT to learn too. Pattern was very important in this little micro time period, it seems pattern anywhere and everywhere, it almost was a measure of creativity, how many patterns could be used together or over how much square footage it could cover. I'll just bet that the ceiling was considered too. To me, the strict symmetry of the cabinetry and the constant pattern equals a dead feeling, void of dimension and interest, even with the beams. To me, they just confuse things. Have fun looking back! 


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Reader Comments (3)

Susan, that lamp is a knock off of a Tiffany Lamp. Probably plastic or wicker, can't tell which in this photo. Also notice the wine placement above the cooktop. Heat rising, worst place for wine. Oh, and look at the two phones on the island! I guess one is for calling out for take out and the other to call the Design Police. That fabric reminds me of the Partridge family sofa. Yellow and Gold was very hot back them.

April 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Having lived in this era as a child with a mother for a decorator, I think the pattern is pretty cool, maybe too much to our eyes today, but it was the height of fashion back then. There is a lot of yellow, orange, gold, and lime green being used today. And one day soon pattern will return and be retro. I never thought mirrored cabinets and chrome would return to sytle, but they have, so I learned never to say never.

Love your blog and your spunk. Thanks so much for taking me down memory lane.

April 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Yes, I thought it was a Tiffany lamp, except that it wasn't glass, so I wasn't sure if it was still called that in fabric, but it's the same shape. Thanks for the comment!

It really was how many patterns could be matched? An interesting little time. More to come, Michele, thanks for the comment!

April 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

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