The home design site Apartment Therapy ran an ode to 1970s furniture the other day with some fun examples of that era’s design aesthetic. Here, take a look at Apartment Therapy’s Wonderfully Weird: An Ode to the Completely Crazy Furniture of the 70s. Their archives also offers a peek inside a 70s home, decked out with a Marimekko-covered piano, that was featured in a 1973 issue of House Beautiful magazine.
That got me thinking about other unique aesthetics from the decade that began when I was 11 and ended when I was 21. I’ve written before about my early interest in Peter Max, starting around 1969. I loved Max’s emphasis on line and vibrant color, as well the cosmic symbolism in his compositions.
Probably the most iconic graphic designer leaving his mark on American culture at that time was Milton Glaser. Blending graphic design with fine art, Glaser has created some of the most recognizable images in commercial art. A co-founder in 1954 of Push Pin Studios, he opened his own design studio in 1974. There’s a wonderful 2008 documentary about Milton Glaser’s life and work, including interviews with Mr. G. Himself, called “To Inform and Delight.”
Music came on vinyl albums, and album cover art was no small part of the joy of owning and playing albums. Creative Bloq featured this piece of 20 best album cover designs of the 70s.
Magazine covers were changing, too. Here’s Complex.com’s best magazine covers of the 70s.
Did you ever wonder how bell bottoms came to be? Here’s why they were worn by boat workers and how they evolved as a land fashion.
Here are Marie Claire’s 23 style moments that defined the 70s, with some great fashion photos featuring Diane von Furstenburg, Joni Mitchell, Cher, designer Halston, Bianca Jagger, Donny and Marie Osmond, Diana Ross, Bo Derek, John Travolta and more.
From platform shoes (I had a pair in purple suede) to tie-dyed shirts and wrap dresses, here are Topyap’s top 70s fashion trends.
Aaaand…ya gotta eat, right? Check out Bon Appétit magazine’s slideshow of party food from the 70s. I can’t believe they left out fondue! Here’s The Kitchn’s 10 recipes that defined the 70s. An excellent list, but again, no fondue. Hello?
I hope you enjoyed this nostalgic journey back in time. If you weren’t around for the 70s, I hope these links gave you a feel for both the weird and the wonderful of it.
Have a great day,