What cultural cliches spring to mind when you think of the 1950s? It might something along the lines of Elvis Presley, A-line skirts, old school Hollywood, the Red Scare or, more cheerfully, diner milkshakes. For us, the 1950s are all about furniture design! The middle of the 20th century saw a world slowly recovering from the psychological fatigue caused by the world wars. Our way of living had changed significantly, even homes had become much smaller with the widespread introduction of apartment blocks. The 1950s were the age in which space-conscious household items like the ironing board and sofa beds came to be! In a move away from bleak recent history, mid century designers grew bold in their approach to colour and form. They experimented with sleek contours and curving furniture which was much less austere than earlier designs. The public love of colour and print also soared, from polkadots to chintzy florals and bright plains of block colour. This selection of eye-catching armchairs is a brilliant example of 1950s design in all its glory… we’ve had a think about how some of the most famous singers of the fifties might have expressed their love for them too. Spot the lyric!
“Fella, I only have eyes for these yella chairs!’
“Can’t help falling in love… with boho florals!”
“Too marvellous for words is how I’d describe this pair of mint velvet dreamboats.”
“The only thing more vibrant than these chairs are my blue suede shoes!”
“My love for green velvet is here to stay!”
“Heartbreak Hotel is where I’m headed if I don’t own these chairs!”
“Good golly, Miss Molly! What excellent chintzy chairs.”
Vinterior has a collection of original vintage 1950s armchairs abounding in variety! Unearth your dream chairs here.