Doesn’t one recognize them immediately, items from the past that have come into fashion again? Like flared pants, for example, which I used to wear when I was a teenager and now see my daughter wearing. There is a wonderful feeling of familiarity when it comes to “vintage” items.
It makes me feel cheerful: the seventies are back again! One can also see this in interiors. In addition to Art Deco influences (with black, gold and graphic patterns), the familiar orange and brown colours, macramé, tiles and bright patterns from my young days have come back.

As a child in the seventies, I used to stare at my parents’ furnishings. I remember them very well. There was an orange pendant lamp (I do not know the brand, please e-mail me if you know) with metal rings attached to a chrome-plated rod in the living room. I had an orange bedside lamp in my room (I now know that is was an Artemide), one those ones that had a cover that you could swivel in front of the bulb. In the living room, there was a walnut wall cabinet against one wall. It had a sort of sideboard element that you could extend to the front to provide an extra table surface. There were wine glasses in the cabinet, as well as a cigarette holder and an ashtray for occasional smokers. I even remember how the cabinet smelled inside when I opened it.

Pendant lamp (private ownership) – Similar wall cabinet van Louis van Teeffelen – Artemide bedside lamp

The seventies in a contemporary interior

The ides is not really to precisely copy seventies styles, not if you want to have a contemporary interior. There are revivals of several different furniture styles at the same time and they sometimes mingle: Art Deco (1920’s), Mid Century modern (1950’s), Renaissance (16th century), Memphis (a 1950’s movement from Italy and America), De Stijl (Mondriaan) and ethnic influences. At the present time, you can mix pretty much everything together, with the seventies as an extra touch.

In addition to obviously vintage-styled items and modernised versions of designs dating to the 1970s, one can also see the influence of the seventies in the choice of materials, shapes and colours used for new contemporary furniture and accessories.

You can see that walnut is being used more and more for tables, side tables and cabinets. Old-fashioned screen panels (remember that radiator cabinets at your grandparents’) are also making a come back. Screen panels are also being used again in doors, shelves and tables. Cords are being used again for chair seats and rustically fired and glazed ceramics are being used for tabletops.

Round organic-looking shapes are often chosen. A modern look is not quite perfect and a little amorphous – as if something is not quite right.

The colours orange, brown, green and yellow predominate. Pink can be added as an accent. In terms of fashion, bright colours are used. Interior colours are more “old-fashioned” with antique pink and Cognac orange.

Inspiration from Salone del Mobile 2017: Moooi – Fauteuil from leather laces at Salone Satellite 2017 – Salmon pink is back!

Zuiver Barbier cabinet: a nod to the 1970s

The current trend is a mixture of 20th century styles combined with contemporary styles. For Zuiver, “contemporary style” means products designed with the Zuiver signature – our very own style. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if future history books referred to the style period from 2010 to 20155 as “Zuiverism”? 🙂

Zuiver’s Barbier range of cabinets is an example of our Zuiverism with seventies touch. It is range of modern oak cabinets with rolling doors, glass shelves and rounded corners for a look that refers to past eras. The Barbier cabinet with closable doors looks very good in the living room and is the ideal cabinet to put all sorts of things and keep things tidy. The cabinet also looks good open. You can put figurines, pretty vases, books and small paintings on display. Much-loved accessories look the best when displayed together on a single shelf.

Zuiver Barbier cabinet also looks good open.

The Sideboard Barbier provides a handy place to put your TV. If your TV is mounted on the wall, this sideboard looks good when placed underneath it. You can put all your TV accessories and other things tidily behind the easily opened sliding doors. The base panel has a special hole you pass all the cables through, keeping them out of sight and tidy. In other words, the sideboard is both attractive and practical.

Zuiver Barbier sideboard provides a handy place to put your TV.

Zuiver’s Barbier range includes a writing table, a modern version of what used to be called a “secretary desk” or “escritoire”: a small, closable desk, usually with compartments or drawers for keeping important papers and often with a cover that could be folded down and used as a work surface.
Zuiver’s version is a practical and good-looking desk ideal for putting in a corner so you have a place to do your accounts while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. It is a real beauty either opened or closed. In my opinion, it could be put anywhere in a home, but it is certainly very suitable for a place in the living room.

Zuiver Barbier desk: a small, closable desk

The 1970s and all the other styles are excellent to have in one’s home. If you have a style from a particular period in your home or perhaps already have Zuiver Barbier, I would love to receive a photo and see how you live.