Do­mes­tic In­te­ri­ors

Old House Journal - - Style -

Span­ning 40 years and with so many houses, dec­o­rat­ing is bound to be var­ied: aca­demic, tra­di­tional, atomic kitsch. To­day’s own­ers can choose from the best de­sign of the era; start with the decade when the house was built. In the For­ties, for ex­am­ple, tra­di­tion­al­ists leaned to­ward French de­sign; Mod­ernists took a cue from Ital­ian, Scan­di­na­vian, and Bri­tish in­no­va­tors. Some in­te­ri­ors have a sump­tu­ous Hol­ly­wood feel­ing, while other houses are spare and aus­tere with Mod­ern fur­nish­ings. The Fifties and Six­ties are fa­mil­iar still, with their grass­cloth, lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops, and mo­saic tile. Un­adorned wood pan­el­ing and fur­ni­ture might be pale (maple, beech) or dark (teak). MCM fur­ni­ture is avail­able as stil­laf­ford­able an­tiques and as reis­sues by Her­man Miller, Knoll, and oth­ers, with cat­a­log com­pa­nies such as De­sign Within Reach sell­ing di­rect to con­sumers. Fur­ni­ture by Ber­toia, Breuer, the Eame­ses, Le Cor­bus­ier, Plat­ner, Saari­nen, and more re­main in pro­duc­tion.

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