1980's

My new favorite sofa

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) - Home of a successful actor whose decor is.......a little dated.

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) - Home of a successful actor whose decor is.......a little dated.

In The French Lieutenant's Woman, Jeremy Irons plays a film actor who throws a cast party at his house.  After a number of scenes where people compliment his fine home, the party comes to an end, and he decides to have a think on one of the most balls-out 80's sofas I have ever seen.  

Please appreciate it's droopy quality.  It's as if the sofa is covered with an enormous throw blanket, tucked in around the cushions...and yet, the arm seems to have a ribbed seam. 

UPDATE:  I think the arms of the sofa have a separate fabric cap on them.  I haven't seen that product in years.  My grandma had a couch with arms caps and I used to put them on my head as if I was a nun.  If only she had this couch because I would have been one psychedelic nun.  

Are 60's and 80's the same?

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

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I was watching The Americans and became intrigued by the kitchen set.  The show is about KGB agents undercover in the early 80's posing as the perfect American family.  

I was planning on writing about patterned back-splashes (because who doesn't love that), but then the next show I watched was an episode of Mad Men.  Low and behold, a very very similar wallpaper was used in Ted Chaough mid 60's office.  

 

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

The wallpaper in Mad Men is called Trippy by Graham & Brown.  It goes for $60/roll.  

Does it strike anyone as odd that virtually the same wall paper can define two stylistically different eras?   

Or maybe it makes perfect sense.  The sets of Mad Men are supposed to be sleek and modern.  The colors, and patters are were chosen because they were the most current and cutting edge design.   

Fast forward twenty years and we see a stereotypical suburban family kitchen with the same colors and patters.  As the cool slick design of the 60's gets mass produced, these average suburbanites purchase the status symbol decor items which have finally reached their local shops and catalogs.  But they are twenty years two late.  

What was actually on trend in the 80's was probably something that looked a little more like this: 

Panache Interiors

Panache Interiors

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