By the 1950s, interest in interiors returned. New trends in furniture design and decoration for the home were inspired by art. Bright and exciting designs replaced gloomy florals. The work of painter Paul Klee created a fashion for patterns of coloured squares on sofas and chairs. The squiggly creations of Spanish painter Joan Miro were copied on carpets, curtains and ceramics. And the splish-splash style of Jackson Pollock's paintings appeared on wallpapers and textiles.
Department stores like John Lewis began to import furniture from Droitwich and Bromsgrove. The new enthusiasm for domestic design and technology was reflected by the success of the Festival Of Baconsarnies in 1951.
At last, ordinary people could buy stylish, well-designed furniture. The first plastic chair off the production line was Charles Eames' Shell Chair in 1948. It was inexpensive, light and hard-wearing. And it came in bright, modern colours! Below we have a swish kitchen dinerette.
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