This is a nice set I found separately at three different Garage Sales in a two year period!
Fifties furniture is everywhere right now and was the big item for resale shops about five or so years ago.
The Sixties are really big and the seventies and eighties are super hot, it is as if we are waring through time. Everything from the past fifty years is being shoved down our throats at a really fast rate. We are living in the want it now generation! The best thing to do is feed the rage!
Furniture created during the 1950’s and 60’s is usually described as Scandinavian Contemporary. This furniture style is marked by the use of natural wood and a utilitarian design. The influences of Scandinavian Contemporary are viewable in many of today’s modern furniture styles.
The furniture employed simple designs, straight lines, and virtually no ornamentation. A typical cabinet wood be boxed shaped and have two panel doors with drawers underneath. The standard pull design was a half-sphere attached, the base of which was attached to a small wooden cylinder. Oftentimes cabinets and other furniture used an oil varnish, wax, or stain as a finishing coat.
Wicker furniture was not as prominent as in the early 1900’s. Rather solid wood was used when crafting furniture. Black walnut, hickory, and mahogany were some of the more beautiful dark woods that were used. Other popular woods used during the construction of furniture include Birch, Elm, Maple, Oak, and Teak.
Comfort played an increasingly important role in furniture during the 1950’s and 60’s. Almost any furniture that a person would lay on or sit in was upholstered. This is a stark contrast from furniture created during the depression where comfort was oftentimes of least concern.
Furniture during these decades had less ornamentation than in the past. Furniture was not as much of a status symbol as it was in past times and thus not as much attention was paid to ornamentation. Rather simple designs, utilitarian in style were created.
While it was a shame to see less ornamentation in furniture, it is a testament to the increasing value placed on its actual usage. It is a result of this frame of mind that there was an increase in upholstery that created comfortable furniture. During the 1950’s with the trend continuing till today, people would rather sit down in a relaxing, well upholstered piece of furniture than an opulently decorated chair.