The evolution of British interior design and décor, from the 1950s to the present.
The 1950s interior was modernist, shaped by the crisp, sweeping lines, and vivid colors of Danish design.
As a reaction against the Free Love movement of the 1960s, designers brought back elements of the past, borrowed from Victorian and Georgian furniture. The lava lamps, on the other hand, embodied a vision of a bright future.
The 1970s saw the birth of the D.I.Y. culture. While the pod chair was a product of Space Age aesthetic, the hippie preference for rusticity found expression in teak and pine furniture.
The 1980s saw the birth of “shabby chic”—a form of décor, which valued furnishings with an antique look.
The 1990s were more minimal.
The 2000s saw a takeover by IKEA’s flat-pack furniture. Technology took center stage, literally, with flat-screen TVs.