It is here. One of our biggest curated editorials to date is completed. This time we are interested in specific interior style of the 1960s - 1980s which was very popular in the USA.
The postwar design in the United States we can divide in two separated parts, but influencing each other. Except the classic and now very famous industrial furniture design of Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson and many others, there were different approaches to interior and furniture design here. Based on the decoration, craft, uniqueness and limited custom production, the original style of more artistic design movement was born in 1940s and 1950s. Some prominent representatives of this style, such as George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Vladimir Kagan, James Mont or Paul Laszlo show us very wide range of the formal language of this style. Some worked only with wood, some with luxury an innovative materials for healthy clientele in California or New York. Some creators were more modernist, some with more decorative feeling of the furniture design based on the historical styles. But all of them together have created a specific style, which Todd Merrill, important New York gallerist and author Julie V. Lovine called as "Modern Americana" style in their book of the same name.
In our editorial we are focusing on the late period of this style, when custom designers and designers/decorators dominated on the scene. In our selection you can find a lot of names, mostly of the famous American decorators of the 1970s and 1980s that established something what we called today as a "Disco Deco". It is characteristic by opulence and decorative based approach to interior design. In the work of these creators modernist principles connect with kitsch, extremely decorative items, special materials like lucite or exotic skins of animals and last but not least with the period taste of the healthy clientele from the art, music and movie industry. In this time every celebrity wanted to have a piece by Kagan or Springer and Jones. In the work of Karl Springer (1931 - 1989), Charles Hollis Jones ( born 1945), James Mont (1904 - 1978), Vladimir Kagan (born 1927) and some others the luxury flats became the hedonistic party spaces, where disco beats created the best atmosphere.
Our selection of all interior items including unique pieces of all mentioned designers, as well as lightning design by New Yorker Robert Sonneman and furniture and accessories by Paul Evans (1931 - 1987), Silas Seandel (born 1937) John Dickinson (1920 - 1982) from San Francisco, Tommi Parzinger (1903 - 1981), Wendell Castle (born 1932) or Harvey Probber (1922 - 2003) is an imaginary perfect disco lounge for the orthodox lovers of the modernist space and opulent decoration and disco beats in the golden age of the hits by Salsoul Orchestra, MFSB or Tom Moulton. Enjoy the sound!
Pictures courtesy of Wright, Chicago