THAT '70s SHOW

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As I’ve dis­cussed here be­fore, the twisty-turny na­ture of rapidly chang­ing trends doesn’t al­ways sit well with the care­fully con­sid­ered way we should in­ter­act with our homes. How­ever, there’s no deny­ing that change hap­pens, and that moods take hold be­fore go­ing on to have an in­flu­ence across the whole in­te­ri­ors sphere. In some sea­sons, the pre­vail­ing in­flu­ence is much eas­ier to spot than at other times. This spring/sum­mer is one such mo­ment. Whether it’s down to the un­cer­tain pe­riod of his­tory we are cur­rently liv­ing through, or sim­ply a pro­gres­sion from the chalky pas­tels and bold max­i­mal­ism seen re­cently, the forecast for the start of 2019 takes us back 40 years or more to the equally tur­bu­lent and stylis­ti­cally strong 1970s.

I was born bang-smack in the mid­dle of that decade, and have vivid mem­o­ries of a child­hood shaped by Space Hoppers, Star Wars, flared trousers and ques­tion­able hair­cuts, so I’m rel­ish­ing the de­sign world’s de­ci­sion to re­visit such a rich source of in­spi­ra­tion. In this is­sue, you’ll find our pre­dic­tions for the peo­ple, places, colours and pieces that will shape in­te­ri­ors dur­ing the next six months. Many are united by the un­de­ni­able nods they make to the sev­en­ties – chrome, curves, sat­u­rated shades, coloured stones, warm woods, wicker and cane, to name just a few. We even speak to Ian Schrager, founder of the leg­endary New York night­club Stu­dio 54, which came into be­ing in 1977, just as disco took dance­floors by storm. Plus, we cel­e­brate the work of one of my favourite de­sign stu­dios, Retrou­vius. From its pent­house apart­ment at the re­de­vel­oped BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with de­signer Bella Freud, to an ex­quis­ite home in west Lon­don filled with turmeric yel­low shades, its style couldn’t be more won­der­fully retro.

As ever, we look back to look for­ward. What­ever 2019 brings, I hope it’s all you wish for…

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