A Look at 1950′s Interior Design

6 Jan
2011

The 1950′s. The dust finally settled from World War II, however there were clashes between communism and capitalism that dominated this new decade. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. It was the decade of music by Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bobby Darin, Connie Frances, Johnny Mathis and of course, Elvis Presley. Jazz singers and legends Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus dominated that scene.

In the art world Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning became the influencers in the earlier part of the decade, while Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko dominated the latter half. With its roots in dadaism, Pop Art was born. With icons from television, photography, cinema and comics used in artwork and propaganda towards the end of the 50′s.  Also there was the emergence of  ’Swiss Graphic Design’ and typography which shapes aspects of design even today.

What has become known as ‘mid-century modern‘ was in full effect in the 1950′s and apparent in most homes. Here we take a look at 1950′s interior design with it’s clean lines, minimalism and unexpected colors like pastels that were heavily used in latter part of the decade. A big change from the more puritanical 40′s which were reflected with Early American, American Victorian and 18th Century American furniture that had mahogany, blue and dark green color palette.

Mad Modern

Mad Modern
Mad Modern

Retro Renovation
All other photos Plan59.

Hop a decade later in the 60′s with A Look at 1960′s Interior Design.

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