The 70s House (Interior Angles)

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Often associated in the public's imagination with the excesses of Punk and Glam, the 70s was, in fact, an important watershed for interior domestic design. It marked an essential transition from the Modernist-dominated design culture of the 60s to an era in which style and the individualistic ethos of fashion design became the guiding principles. It can perhaps best be characterised by the idiosyncratic and inventive designs of Vernon Panton and Ettore Sottsass.

In his book, David Heathcote provides a new and fundamentally positive interpretation of the period. He explains how the decade brought forward a plethora of highly diverse styles -- Brutalism, Ad Hocism, Eco/Craft Design, Revivalism/Reclaimism and Postmodernism. With the interest in all things futuristic being as much a part of the period as the Victorian Revival and the self-sufficiency/craft craze. Organised by individual style, this book, with its combination of newly commissioned photography and archive images, will be an essential text and visual resource for anyone interested in the 70s.

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The 70s House

Though described in the 90s as the decade that style forgot, the 70s has since gained a renewed kudos and magnetism in the new millennium. For anyone who grew up during the decade, the era has an obvious nostalgic pull. It is, however, its aesthetic diversity that has made it such a rich seam to mine for style and design ideas. In the 1970s, architecture and interior design was at an important turning point: the certainties and rigours of postwar Modernism were giving way to a sense of adventure and pluralism. While excitement and indulgence in new technologies and gadgetry was being pursued, so was a greater awareness of historical style and the ecological. The dynamism and variety of the decade has much in common with the Art Nouveau. Both periods share not only a desire to represent a new age and a preoccupation in local contexts, but also took place at a time that technological possibilities were running ahead of the design aesthetics of the day.

In order to encapsulate the pure range and scope of the age, David Heathcote and Sue Barr have travelled extensively in Europe and America photographing and researching afresh a unique set of houses. These have largely been unphotographed since their debut in architectural journals in the 70s. The book thus brings together for the first time, not only a representative but also atypical selection of domestic architecture. This is lusciously illustrated in a state of lived-in maturity that shows a very current diversity of ageless living spaces.

About the Author:

David Heathcote is a design writer and historian. He is currently the Visiting Lecturer in British 19th and 20th Century Domestic Architecture and is also teaching a course in design history at the Design Museum in London. His book Barbican: Penthouse Over the City, also with photography by Sue Barr, was published by Wiley-Academy in 2004.

Sue Barr is a photographer and tutor at the Architectural Association in London. Her work has been featured in numerous international journals and publications, including Icon and Architectural Design. She is also the photographer for Barbican: Penthouse Over the City and London Caffs, published in 2004 by Wiley-Academy.

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