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The decade that taste forgot

Posted on Fri, 26 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo


Ah the 80s! Era of large hair, even larger shoulder pads, leg warmers with high heels and excess excess excess. There were some things that were good. New Romantic boy bands with smoky eyeliner and rat’s tails in their hair for one thing. OK OK I was a med student in the 80s not an interior designer so my taste may have been a little dubious. It was a mixed bag of an era just like these kitchens from the early 80s but good design would shine through occasionally. Images scanned from Beyond the Kitchen, A Dreamers Guide, Thomas Cowan, Blandford Press, Dorset, 1985.

While some of these kitchens are revolting some are not. This is part of my subversive campaign to bring back the 80s. Long live the decade that taste forgot!

Where’s the retro?!

Posted on Wed, 17 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

I know, I know. I’m a little late with your retro fix this week. In honour of Kim who is up to her armpits in last minute jobs before she puts her house on the market I’ve scanned some fabulous retro chair porn. Once again from the indispensable The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 8, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.

Retro kitchens

Posted on Mon, 8 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

There are some things conceived in the 60s that hold their age quite well (ahem, ahem…. I’m a case in point) but there are others that are in serious need of cosmetic surgery or is that a complete gut reno? Here are some interesting to say the least kitchens from the era. OK, OK I could live with one maybe two of these.

Images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement Vol 10, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.

Retro time!

Posted on Mon, 1 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

No retro revolting this week. Oh no! These images are scanned from a very scholarly tome, Inside Today’s Home 3rd Edition, by Ray and Sarah Faulkner, Holt Reinhardt and Winston,1968. These classic 60s interiors are the creations and homes of leading architects and interior designers of the time. Lovely and no purple shagpile or mustard patterned wallpaper in sight. (I miss the OTT rooms though. They’re my favourites.)

Retro …. ready?

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2007 by midcenturyjo

Yeah! That time again. Suspend your disbelief and wind back your taste meter. This weeks scans are from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 1, Greystone Press, New York, 1970. Love this set of books. So much to inspire!