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The Design Books That Will Get You Psyched About Seventies Interiors

BY liz 07/29/2016

 

John and Linda Meyers are ahead of the curve, always. They left their New York City art circle and decamped to Maine in 2004, almost a decade before Portland’s indie design and restaurant scene started being referred to as Brooklyn-esque. The couple, who make sleek, handmade soaps shot through with color under the name Wary Meyers, have mastered the art of laid-back seventies cool in every aspect of their lives—they even wrote a book, Tossed and Found, which includes instructions to DIY a Ziggy Stardust-inspired chair. Much of their fuel, for their work and for their incredible Instagram feed, comes from interior-design books from the era that you’re invited to pore over, too.

 

THE HOUSE BOOK (1974) BY TERENCE CONRAN

 

“First and foremost is Terence Conran’s magnum opus The House Book. Every aspect of owning a house is explored, with a significant bulk of its 500 pages devoted to how to decorate one. There are literally thousands of photographs of the absolute coolest homes. It’s all from the seventies, but it’s not a kooky-orange-shag-kitschy seventies. It’s more focused on quality and good design. Terence Conran also wrote The Bed and Bath Book and The Kitchen Book. Linda and I would definitely say the set is the holy trinity of decorating books.”

 

YOUNG DESIGNS IN LIVING (1969),  YOUNG DESIGNS IN COLOR (1972), AND HOUSES ARCHITECTS LIVE IN  (1977) BY BARBARA PLUMB

via Young Designs in Color

 

“Another favorite is this trio is by Barbara Plumb, an American and the architecture editor of American Home magazine (now defunct) around the time these came out. As with The House Book, there’s a level of sophistication to the interiors, and the first two books focus on the the coolest houses.”

 

GI: GLOBAL INTERIOR, (1971-1976) EDITED BY YUKIO FUTAGAWA

via GI: Global Interior #8: Houses in Southern Europe 2 (1974)

 

“Our most prized collection is a set of eight books printed by the great Japanese publisher GA Global Architecture, entitled GI: Global Interior. Each book focuses on a particular area of the world and visits only the most interesting houses. Photographed primarily by Yukio Futagawa, the founder of GA, the books were published throughout the seventies. The quality of the design and photography is unsurpassed; everything from the layout to the typeface is fantastic. Each has its own striped slipcase. Unfortunately the books are written in Japanese, save for the titles of each house.”

 

 

VILLAS IN THE SUN (1971) AND LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS (1981) BY BERNARD WOLGENSINGER

via Villas in the Sun

 

“Anything by Bernard Wolgensinger, really. We love the books because of their focus on vacation homes (ski chalets, summer places) of Europe—houses you never see anywhere else, by fantastic architects. And without fail, the interiors are equally as amazing as the buildings themselves. It’s all modest, cool, and carefree-designy.”

 

MODERN FURNITURE AND DECORATING (1971) BY ROBERT HARLING AND 1601 DECORATING IDEAS FOR MODERN LIVING (1974) BY GERD HATE

via 1601 Decorating Ideas for Modern Living

 

“These books are almost interchangeable, although they have very few shared photos. They both take you through each room of a few different houses—from living rooms to kitchens to bathrooms, even children’s rooms—with hundreds of beautiful, modern photos.”

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