L'histoire du Design

The History of Design and Vintage Furniture

In recent years, vintage furniture has been met with an undeniable success. The newer generations, in love with their roots and concerned with the environment, decorate their interiors with trendy furniture from earlier time periods. Vintage furniture, or retro trend, consumers are constantly attracted to valuable furniture that lasts over time. When it tackles the subject of vintage furniture, we talk about different periods of the 20 th   Century. For hundreds of years that vintage design has enjoyed great success.

Vintage Over the Ages


In the 1930’s, design gave birth to the “art deco” style which completely changed our vision of interior furniture. Trying to change the codes of the time, the designers swapped the furniture in the royal style for modern and refined furniture. These are brand new designs, without frills or ornaments, that designers develop in their workshops. Simplicity, elegance, and functionality are the important points to address when making modern furniture in the 1930’s.

Over the years, the desire for expressions through design has been felt. Designers are constantly creating new products that will shake up design standards. In the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, design experienced its golden age. Furniture was turned upside down, reinvented thanks to new bold and surprising forms. With the introduction of industrial materials such as plastic and plexiglass, natural materials were much more easily able to mix with industrial materials than ever before.

The 1970’s are synonymous with colorful design, containing clean and offbeat lines. The designers of this era will forever mark the history of design. Even today, many amateurs are looking for their works.

Since the 1970’s, design has not stopped evolving but still remains quite similar to that time. As with clothing fashion, the return to older styles is very popular with the new generations. We are talking about vintage furniture and love for period furniture.

The 1970’s, Expressing Yourself Through Design

The 1970’s are famous for their designers. In fact, at that time, designers claimed freedom of expression through their creations. The forms of furniture are less specific than before, leaving room for the imagination of each designer. Rounding and clean lines revolutionized the furniture of the time. We also find these forms in different decorative objects and some everyday household appliances. Strict forms were banned, and a more psychedelic aspect appeared. It gave consumers the possibility of dreaming and making their daily life much more pleasant. Because yes, a functional piece of furniture can be just as pleasant to look at.

The choice of colors for furniture is also a very important characteristic in the history of design in the 1970’s. Colors were, in contrast to other eras, more colorful and cheerful. These colors were typically warm shades like red, pink, blue, green and orange; primary colors that allowed us to give a touch of personality in a living room. In more refined styles, black and white were colors also widely used in the 1970’s and still today. We then understood that elegance could also be found in bright colors and industrial materials.


A mix of textures

Mix these colors with noble materials and industrial materials and you get a vintage style that will brighten up your home with elegance and originality. The furniture is therefore modernized as much by its color as by its new design. Materials also have a very important role in this making. The furniture was innovated thanks to materials like plexiglass, glass, and chrome. The furniture shines and gives light to the interiors.

In the 1970’s, many patterns and shapes appeared. On furniture, as wallpaper, or decorative objects, designers used patterns with geometric or personified shapes. The desire to bring happiness to the everyday life of each consumer was important and that is why the idea of fancy patterns appeared. Following World War II, the climate of the 1970’s was a climate of peace and renewal. Consumers became attracted by the joy and the desire for happiness in the home.

The history of design was therefore important primarily between the 1930’s and 1970’s. During these 40 years design developed and evolved in a surprising way. While following its time, the designers innovated with each creation in order to satisfy and facilitate the daily lives of consumers. The desire to express themselves through atypical and innovative forms allowed designers to mark design unmistakably. The designers of these eras are still famous today and their creations continue to overwhelm design lovers.

The " Panton Chair," an Emblematic Piece in the History of

Among the essential creations of the 1970’s, we find designers with timeless talents. Verner Panton was one of the most famous designers of the time. One of his creations best known to the general public is the “The Panton Chair.”

The “Panton Chair” by Verner Panton revolutionized the world of design with its most incredible geometric shape. Being the first chair created with plastic injection molding, the “Panton Chair” was designed in a single block with legs, seat, and backrest. This chair created in an S-shaped monobloc has the particularity of being able to stack easily while remaining very comfortable. The famous designer wanted to make a comfortable and ergonomic chair, adapting to the morphology of the human body. It took him more than thirty years to imagine, make and create the “Panton Chair.” Not only did the famous designer revolutionize the shape of the furniture but he also revolutionized the use of materials during design. The “Panton Chair” uses polyester reinforced with glass fiber and polyurethane foam to make it lighter and easier to use. The “Panton Chair” marks the world of Danish design furniture and opens up futuristic and revolutionary perspectives in the creation of interior furniture. Despite being his most famous work, the “Panton Chair” is not the only work that punctuated the career of the famous designer Verner Panton.

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