Ironically, the first generations of ‘futuristic’ furnitures trace back to the 1920s and the middle of the 20th century. The economic comforts of these two approximate eras made for the perfect conditions to turn the eyes of designers toward the horizon. Art Deco and Postmodern designs look funky even in today’s world. So why was there such a thrill associated with progressive designs at these intervals?
Let’s start with the earlier of the two. Art Deco was more of an economic result. The stock market hadn’t yet crashed when furniture designs became more artistic to their rustic cohort counterparts. Because of the sudden boom of interest in maintaining Americana culture (thanks to the first Red Scare), more unique designs were rolling out of assembly lines. This Art Deco style is characterized by its distinct new lines, curves, and postmodern flair, but still maintains its classic elements. The rather pleasant economy also bolstered the better interest of furniture designers internationally prior to the start of the Great Depression in 1929. Some awesome examples of Art Deco are included here:
http://artdecocollection.com/furniture/ (These guys do a swell job of restoring the classics!)
Another instance (which is probably the most notable era of vibrant colors and wild designs) occurred in the postmodern, postwar America that we knew as the 1950s. With yet another Red Scare (the predecessor of the Korean and Vietnam wars) becoming stronger in mainstream American culture again, there was a correlation that seemed to happen. Now, the entire country’s most chic homes were postmodernized. All the space-age fascination and desire to be three steps ahead of any perceived competing nations really pushed furniture into a new decade of the postmodern design. These are classically associated with midcentury America. Remember the xenon sofas? Perhaps you were a fan of the wood paneling that helped tone down sputnik chandeliers? Maybe you’re more of a sleek-lined modular side table type? All of these are excellent notions of postmodern design. Some were more eccentric than others, but the goal to be futuristic was most valued.
http://www.postmodernhome.com/showroom/new-arrivals/ (Another magnificent restoration job!!!)
Oddly enough, these two bygone eras resonate with today’s concepts of modernity and the future. They share some significant commonalities such as historical placement. They both were characterized as being effects of a postwar economic boom, they correlate with Red Scares, and they share the same need for unique, clean contours and conversation pieces. The love of modern has carried its weight into being one of the largest influences on today’s housewares. Cheers, darlings! Happy decorating~
(Thank you Tomato Factory for our features image of a Danish midcentury chair!)