Posts Tagged ‘groovy’

Diet Cookbook, 1974, plus nudity

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

This 1974 book cover has everything including mod 3D typeface, superimposed naked women in psychedelic colours, and an author named bureau of consumer research in lower case. The 1970s are a foreign country; they do things differently there. All I can think of is the 1973 lyric “painted ladies and a bottle of wine,” but probably only Canadians will know what I’m talking about. Dear 1970s, your grooviness can be a …read more

Whatever happened to the seating platform, the conversation pit?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Above, the 1970s modern two-level platform in painter Frank Stella’s loft, from the classic book Inside Today’s Home. Below, a recent photo of the renovated 1950s conversation pit in the Number 31 Hotel in Dublin. Maybe it’s because I grew up around a hip artist aunt whose 60s/70s handmade house had a seating platform in it, but I am mourning the disappearance of the freeform seating arrangement. And apparently I am not alone. …read more

Cosmic dust, on tumblr

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

If tumblr is a bellwether—and it may not be—then the sixties & seventies are back, in style if not in substance. So many of tumblr’s weird little blogs, each of them a kind of eclectic personal bulletin board, feature this kind of rock and roll Hair: The Musical meets back-to-the-land handmade-house thing. They have a taste for a simpler yet groovier style of living, but it’s never clear if there’s …read more

Taking the indoor/outdoor look to new levels

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

This gets points for adventurousness and imagination and magic, if not success. It’s another image from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970.

Circa 1968

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

More far out interiors from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970.

Yesterday’s House of Tomorrow

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Obviously the House of Tomorrow wasn’t meant to be part of everyone’s tomorrow. Nice Jag. Nice unbuttoned look, too. That’s the developer, Bob, with his wife Helene in their 1960 Desert Modern-style house in Palm Springs by Palmer & Krisel, architects. From here. The photographs originally appeared in Look Magazine. The third photo is actually from a different Palmer & Krisel house in Palm Springs.