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Room 10

A living room in 1965

Room 10 - A living room in 1965

This open-plan, living/dining room is based on that of a typical town-house of the early 1960s. The large windows and double-height dining area were designed to create an impression of space.

These houses were generally fitted with a central heating system, making the television rather than the fireplace the focus of the room. Social and domestic conventions relaxed considerably in the 1960s, and the family living room now had to provide for activities like homework, watching television, eating and entertaining.

The room is furnished in the ‘Contemporary’ style, which was influenced by Scandinavian interiors and, in particular, Danish design.

The furniture was plain and undecorated, and the wood was simply varnished. Chairs were upholstered in textured woven fabrics. In modern interiors walls were often painted white, and pattern and colour were largely confined to the soft furnishings.

Cotton curtain Cotton curtain
with vase design, 1958-1962
Coffee Table Coffee table
with removable top, manufactured by Fritz Hansen, c1958.
Glass Bowl Glass bowl
designed by Per Lutkin for Holmegaard, Denmark, 1957.