Posts Tagged ‘mod’

Petulia, 1968

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, starring Julie Christie, George C. Scott (who looked a little like Sean Penn then) and Richard Chamberlain, was shot and set in San Francisco in 1967. An odd film but interesting in that it’s one of the few in which the villain—if he is a villain—occupies traditional decor while our main protagonist, a divorced doctor, occupies the modern. This bucks a pretty solid trend of villains or generally immoral types living in the coolest decor while heroes enjoy Queen Anne chairs and overly baroque curtains.

In the midst of this small current wave of 60s nostalgia (in music anyway) it’s interesting to remember what 1967 actually looked like, or at least what an art director thought San Francisco looked like in 1967, which was of course the height of Haight-Ashbury. Full photo set here.

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Petulia, 1968

Rita Pavone, “Il geghegè”

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rita Pavone.

Thanks, Keith.

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Diet Cookbook, 1974, plus nudity

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

little white space
Diet Cookbook by the Bureau of Consumer Research
little white space
This 1974 book cover has everything including mod 3D typeface, superimposed naked women in psychedelic colours, and an author named bureau of consumer research in lower case. The 1970s are a foreign country; they do things differently there. All I can think of is the 1973 lyric “painted ladies and a bottle of wine,” but probably only Canadians will know what I’m talking about. Dear 1970s, your grooviness can be a little creepy.

Fireplaces – Figs. 1 and 2

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Fireplace, circle, oval

Which is correct, above, or below?:

TV in fireplace

Or alternately:

Fireplace, plexi circle, snake

All photos from the 1973 decor book 1601 Decorating Ideas for Modern Living.

70s kitchen

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Red and blue kitchen by architect John Fowler

From the 1975 edition of Inside Today’s Home. “A vividly colored, streamlined kitchen forms one wall of the major group space in this minimal-care beach house. The brilliant blue and red scheme contrasts strikingly with the clean-lined Breuer and Mies van der Rohe furniture and a soft goat hair rug. John Fowler, architect.” Photo credit: Norman McGrath.

Everyone loves the lamps in the Palais de Tokyo cafe

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Various incarnations of the cafe in the Palais de Tokyo art museum in Paris, and its simple but excellent lamp array. A selection of Flickr photos by pavilion tone, Purple Cloud, roryrory, photocapy, and jennylampstand. Michael Lin’s flower floor was recently removed.

Lacaton and Vasaal- Palais de Tokyo, 2001

Palais de Tokyo

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Lacaton and Vasaal- Palais de Tokyo, 2001

Paris: palais de tokyo