Thursday, December 6, 2012

Late 20thcentury Furniture

Flat-pack furniture grew in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s.

The later half of the 20th century encompasses a period from around 1950 to 2000. During this time frame, great advances were made in many different areas of daily living, including furniture. Does this Spark an idea?

Materials Used

Traditionally, a large majority of furniture was handcrafted using wood. By the late 20th century, manufactured furniture was more common and could be made by a plethora of different materials including chrome, plastic, vinyl, woods, wicker and various metals such as wrought iron or steel.

1960s and 1970s

Furniture designs and styles from the '60s and into the '70s varied greatly. Mid-century modern pieces, mixed with Scandinavian styling were common. However, some still preferred older styles such as Victorian, while others still preferred Arts & Crafts or Mission.

1980s and 1990s

The 1980s brought a more industrial feel for furniture. High technology, as it was referred to, brought more metal and concrete into homes across America. By the 1990s, a majority of furniture was offered as "flat-packed," meaning it was to be assembled at home. Families could readily afford to buy and assemble tables, chairs, desks, nightstands and dressers.


Though these styles were all popular, there were also many variations present, especially in the 1990s. Several modern pieces, which are still used today, were also produced during this time frame, including the Memo bean bag, the stackable air-chair by Jasper Morrison and Herman Miller's Aeron chair.

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