Retro re­dux

The 1970s trend is all over interiors too

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Retro re­dux Just as the fash­ion barom­e­ter has swung back frmly in favour of in­sou­ciant 1970s style, so too has the de­sign world, with in­te­rior and prod­uct de­sign­ers cel­e­brat­ing the best of the era.

‘The 1970s are of­ten cat­e­gorised as hav­ing be­ing full of sludgy brown, shag­pile and large forals but this is just not the case,’ says Emma Maw­ston, head of de­sign for Lib­erty Art Fab­rics. ‘It was a pe­riod of in­no­va­tion and dis­cov­ery.’ Like many of the cur­rent crop of cre­atives, Maw­ston is a child of the 1970s. So it is per­haps no co­in­ci­dence that her gen­er­a­tion is ref­er­enc­ing the aes­thetic in their work.

The in­te­rior de­signer and ar­chi­tect Ash­ley Hicks – son of the late in­te­rior de­signer David Hicks – grew up in a home full of geo­met­ric pat­terns and strong colours, one of the many dec­o­rat­ing styles the era en­com­passed. ‘Ob­vi­ously, I have it in my blood,’ he says, ‘It was anath­ema for a long time but now it looks ex­cit­ing. Taste is al­ways a cycli­cal thing – Tom Ford and oth­ers brought it on to the cat­walk 10 years ago and now it has fltered through to home­wares.’

For a les­son on how to make the style rel­e­vant in mod­ern homes, look to the warm, retro-chic interiors of the LAbased in­te­rior de­signer Kelly Wearstler (pic­tured). ‘The best of 1970s de­sign has clean, time­less lines and a sense of ex­u­ber­ance not equalled by any other era,’ she says. ‘I think the fear­less­ness and will­ing­ness to ex­per­i­ment by mix­ing pat­terns and colours is the real les­son to be taken from it, but be se­lec­tive: a lit­tle goes a long way.’ Wise words.

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