Interiors: A decade of dazzling design

The 1950s were a golden period for furniture, one which can still be tapped into for inspiration today, writes Margaret O'Brien.

5th October, 2014
Betsy sofa in bubblegum pink from DFS, €649

The 1950s brought with it prosperity and recovery for the middle classes after the war years, especially in the US. This was reflected in a growing appreciation for excellent design.

At the upper end of the spectrum, American talents like Ray and Charles Eames were nurtured, while Scandinavian designers were also embraced. Danish architect Finn Juhl was celebrated for his kidney-shaped coffee tables and other organic furniture shapes, perfect fits with the new open-plan lifestyle....

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