When we first looked at the growing popularity of chrome, curves and saturated colour in our February trend issue earlier this year, the influence of the 1970s was just beginning to make itself felt in our homes. Now, the interiors world evokes the atmosphere of a Studio 54 party, and glamorous lighting is key to perfecting the look.
Some brands are reaching into their archives. Stilnovo’s ‘Mini Topo’ table light by Joe Colombo is being reissued exclusively for The Conran Shop, while Astep continues to dive into Gino Sarfatti’s back catalogue of pieces – his ‘Model 607’ is a recently re-released highlight. Others, meanwhile, are taking inspiration from the era, with the iconic mushroom shape making a big comeback. Just look at the ‘Bellhop’ by Barber & Osgerby for Flos.
‘1970s design had a playfulness,’ says The Conran Shop’s lighting buyer Holly Pratt. ‘I don’t want to mention the dreaded Brexit, but we are at a time when politics and the economy are turbulent, so people need fun rather than more seriousness in their daily lives.’ And, few pieces deliver more joy than the ‘Cubelight’ by Mathias Schifferdecker, seemingly inspired by the must-have toy of the decade: the Rubik’s cube. Its 18 glass cubes can be rearranged to create a custom design. Also bringing a burst of colour is Marset’s ‘Dipping’ light (above) by Jordi Canudas, which is now available in a whole range of hues and variations.
Finally, for an affordable ticket to the 1970s celebration, look no further than John Lewis & Partners’ ‘No.210’ range. Part of the brand’s ‘Design Project’ collection, its three-tiered silhouette, topped with smoked glass, is undeniably hip.
This feature appeared in ELLE Decoration November 2019.
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