You get the feeling, when looking at pictures of 1970s homes and fashion, that designers took a deep bong hit and let'r rip. Sometimes you ended up with something special and innovative.... other times you ended up with something laughably horrible. "Conservative" and "Traditional" were not in their vocabulary. Even the chairs were wild.
And that's where this post comes in. Let's have a look at the various wild and and wonderful places people put their asses in the seventies (wait, that doesn't sound right). You know what I mean.
For some reason this man seems proud of his uncomfortable looking flake board creations. Nice arm rests - that's gonna leave a mark.
I've got no beef with this contraption, except that it's not a seat, it's a freaking tree swing. I'm guessing this couple twirled around and around before this picture was taken. Good move to use the feet to anchor; bad move to have a red drink whilst sitting on a Sit-n-Spin.
This one doesn't look half bad... or am I being swayed by the Suzanne Somers lookalike?
These chairs are a roundhouse kick in the eyeballs. This once cozy family den is now a place where hardcore porn and big ass glass bongs are not only permitted at 1:00 in the afternoon, but expected.
I'm not sure how I feel about these seating apparatuses; I just know I would feel like douche sitting in them.
This would be the perfect chair...... for people with severe scoliosis.
After the DEA started cracking down on marijuana and the smoky haze began to lift from the populace, I wonder if the Boomers just looked at their living rooms and thought "WTF happened?"
Sure, I've been ragging on the funky decor, but, truth be told, I'd give everything I own in the world to live a day in that dude's shoes. Seventies couches were literally engineered to accommodate frequent and vigorous lovemaking. The amount of DNA on that "couch" boggles the mind.
Leave it to the seventies to make a hemorrhoids pillow cool and hip.
A porch swing in the living room? Sure, I don't see why not. When living rooms were for reading, talking and relaxing it sort of makes sense. Nowadays, it wouldn't work well to be swinging whilst watching your bigass flat screen.
I'm cool with the chair (and the miniskirt); however, I'm not sure how functional that typewriter stand is going to be. It's not like she can pick it up like an iPad and sit in her lap. Curious.
Why didn't my parents have anything cool like this? This is the infamous conversation pit, generally referred to as the "convo pit". I'd love to see this come back.
In reality, this is what living rooms actually looked like. The homes that had all the funky stuff generally didn't have kids. Given that I was in grade school during the seventies, I didn't get many invites to the homes of cool hipsters. Thus, nearly every living room I saw was a variation on the picture above.
I would be remiss not to mention the two most iconic of 70s seats: the egg chair and the bean bag chair. I won't dwell on those, though - they deserve special posts of their own. Instead, have a look at a few more funky seventies seats before you go.