1970s design classics bring a blast from the past to the decor

Wood surfaces, plush sofas, warm bright shades, and patterned wallpapers – the cozy atmosphere of the 70s is back. We picked our favorites from the design treasures of the decade. Enliven your home with a hint of nostalgia!

Gubi Multi-Lite floor lamp, brass

Luster of brass

The sculptural appearance, geometric shapes, and shiny details describe the features of the 70s lighting. Gubi’s Multi-Lite is originally from 1972 yet it enjoys great popularity in today’s homes. Designed by Louis Weisdorf, the floor lamp brings variety to the space – it reflects light up, down, and to the sided.

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Iittala Birds by Toikka Flycatcher, recycled glass

Flying glass art

Did you know that Oiva Toikka's iconic glass birds date back to 1972? The first Flycatchers were made depending on the color of the glass mass available at the moment. Over the years, Toikka’s mouth-blown glass birds have become beloved gifts and desirable collectibles. The newest members of the bird family are the Flycatcher made of recycled glass and the Amethyst Bird 2021.

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Gubi Pacha lounge chair

Soft embrace

The round, soft curves are common in the design of the era. The Pacha lounge chair is a delightful creation of Pierre Paulin from 1975. Paulin's idea was to bring people closer to the floor and guarantee a relaxed sitting position. The plush appearance and the clean-lined silhouette suit well also to a contemporary interior.

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Louis Poulsen Panthella Mini table lamp, orange

A spot of color

Green, orange, and yellow — vibrant colors weren’t avoided in the 70s. The Danish icon from 1972, Panthella table lamp, delights with a simplistic design and acrylic material and finds its place in both retro-inspired and Scandinavian homes. Verner Panton's Mini table lamp is available in a bright orange shade spreading the retro style.

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Arabia Esteri serving platter

Hunger for nostalgia

A table setting is an effortless way to bring personality to everyday dinners as well as celebrations. The Esteri pattern by Esteri Tomula was introduced in 1973 in honor of the centenary of Arabia, and its decorative floral pattern adds the trends of the 70s to the table. Today, the beloved ornament brings joy on modern dishware and kitchen textiles.

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Aarikka Pässi figurine, varnished wood

The Finnish classic

Many of us remember certain objects from childhood, and in addition to their aesthetic value, they are associated with a lot of nostalgia and emotions. One such object is definitely the Pässi by the Aarikka, which symbolizes Finnish perseverance. Designed by Kaija Aarikka in 1973, the wooden Pässi figurine is nowadays one of Aarikka's best-known products. Unpainted wood represents a typical characteristic of the time.

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Marimekko Kaksoset bath towel, beige - burgundy

Bold patterns

The products in Marimekko's Kaksoset series are decorated with a spectacular feline print that charms with contrasting, natural tones. Textile designer Maija Isola designed the Kaksoset (“Twins”) pattern during her career as a painter back in 1970, when she often created both painting and fabric design on the same subject. The bath towel is made of soft cotton terry.

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Santa & Cole Tatu table lamp, white

The real eye-catcher

The Tatu table lamp by Santa & Cole represents the Spanish pop culture of the 1970s. André Ricard found inspiration for the lamp published in 1972 from an airplane reading light – it allowed him to read without disturbing his sleeping spouse. Made of ABS plastic, the Tatu consists of three reversible sections that can be easily adjusted according to your needs.

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Yrjö Kukkapuro Remmi lounge chair, black - cognac leather

Ergonomic design

In the 1970s the ergonomics took a turning point and more and more attention was paid to the shapes of furniture. Among others, the pioneer was Yrjö Kukkapuro who wanted to combine the ergonomics that support the body with timeless aesthetics and ecology. Created in 1969, the Remmi lounge chair features high-quality leather upholstery and an elegant steel frame.

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See also:

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1960s decor delights with round shapes and bright colors

Text: Sarianna Määttänen Images: Manufacturers

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