Seventies design swam against the design tide of a more functional, modernist style, and its luxurious materials, colourful palette and soft curves are definitely back. These jewel-toned sofas sum up the trend perfectly, harking back to the 1970s’ fondness for the art deco period, with sinuous shapes – an asymmetrical back, for example – fluted upholstery and a velvety finish.
Sofas that sit on a thick strip of gleaming metal – nickel, brass or copper – instead of individual legs gives an even more opulent finish that’s also neat and tidy, while a fringed base evokes a bit of old-Hollywood charm.
These refined pieces can look great combined with a more industrial aesthetic. Tom Dixon pairs chunky, stepped banquettes in indigo blue with riveted metal and heavy brass and bronze tables at Greenwich Peninsula restaurant Craft London, for example. Or go for full-on glamour and mix it with other luxurious 1970s-inspired materials such as marble, smoked glass and dark wood.