Composed of a long introduction that provides a synoptic view and 32 monographs that describe its many faces, "Decorators of the 1960s and 1970s" invites the reader to discover an exceptionally creative period and revels in an abundant iconography. The 1960s and 1970s marked a sharp turning point in the history of decoration and furniture. Until that point, the world was confined to national and elitist forms of expression. At the beginning of the 1960s, the sector took its inspiration from Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Italian and French decoration. Genres were combined in a frenzied desire to live in symbiosis with one's time. The progress of technology strengthened the conviction that the individual had unlimited freedom and aroused the desire to inhabit in a new manner. Forms became rounder, furniture was in sync with a warm, playful, and anticonformist universe. Colors and decorative motifs took on the brilliance and fantasies of Pop Art and psychedelia. The living environment was transformed into a waking dream in which luxurious furniture in original materials and surprising objects were mixed, associated, for the first time, with early furniture. The end of the 1970s marked the advent of a period in which beauty and classic elegance gave way to a host of expressions that were unclassifiable and rejected any hierarchy. The postmodern period had arrived.
Holding a doctorate in art history, author Patrick Favardin has organized exhibitions for the city of Paris on varied artistic, historical and literary subjects for many years. Among them are an exhibition on the 1950s style, one on Emilio Terry and another on the aesthetics of the 1920s through the myth of the flapper.
Hardcover Size: 9 in x 12 in
Pages: 332 Illustrations: 300 color, 150 b&w
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