Interior Design Inspiration Based on 20th Century Predictions of 21st Century Life


Let's face it, interior design inspiration comes from many sources. From the emperor's new clothing flaunted to overwrought excitement on the runways of Paris and Milan to the excruciatingly detailed descriptions of ever single room found in 19th century novels. But how about looking for interior design inspiration for real life in the 21st century based on predictions of what such a life would be like made back in the 20th century?

Such interior design inspiration would be based primarily on the predictions that started in the late 1950s when futuristic furniture was all the rage as a result of the Space Race making what was science fiction in the 1940s seem entirely possibly by the year 2001. Today, of course, those predictions of interior design seem wildly out of place. But do they have to remain so? Those peeks made in the past that looked to a future that has become our present still exist and there is no reason why your 21st Century home can't seek to replicate as closely as possible what interior designers of the previous century predicted.

Interior Design Inspiration

The 21st Century/Retro 1960s interior design inspiration is driven by an abundance of plastic and metal. Especially unspeakably shiny metal with long, sleek lines and curves. The interior design of the 21st century based on the Futuristic inspirations of the 1960s features chairs designed for function at the unexpected cost of comfort, which is why so many of them still look completely outrageous. Curved plastic chairs that mold to the shape of your spine are definitely worth looking for if you are going to try going back to the future for the design of your interior. To get an idea of the materials you should be looking, take a look at those kooky psychedelic chairs shaped like flowers, hands or lips that seem to be directly inspired by the predictions of interior design of the future seen in A Clockwork Orange.

When it comes to the interior design of tables used in the 21st century, we we were supposed to be sitting mainly at geometric shapes like cubes or triangles. Apparently, geometry was a primary inspiration for what the future held in both residential and office design. The best type of cube table to find today are those with a smoky top that allows you to partially see right through them. Smoky translucence seems to be another 1960s prediction of 21st Century interior design that didn't quite pan out.

One thing that interior designers of the 1960s who looked forward to the new millennium did get right was outrageous use of colour. The 1950s décor started this trend with its reliance on bizarrely popular hues like pistachio and lime green. By the time Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit, there was literally no colour that didn't seem futuristic. Neon and Day-Glo rule the roost when it comes to colour and the brighter the better. One thing you definitely want to look for if you are to returning to 20th century predictions of the 21st century as your interior design inspiration is the retro-futuristic look of armchairs and sofas decorated with nearly every brash and vivid colour known to man. Don't look for any discernible patterns; the greatest colour furniture of the 1960s peek into the future seemed to have been designed by someone who had just dropped acid. And that is probably the case. Or, if you prefer, you can opt for the flip side of 20th century forecasts for 21st century interior design: pure, sterile white as far as the eye can see.

When it comes to lighting fixtures that interior designs of the past thought would be the mainstay of the near-future, you want to focus almost exclusively on cylinders. For some reason, those interior designers were convinced that all lighting in the new millennium would shine forth from some sort of barrel-shaped columnar fixture. This may well have been as close to the 20th century design prophets got to being dead-on right. The fact is that there was something to the overreliance on pure geometry in the mindset of futuristic 1960s interior designers. It is not that hard for real life homeowners in the 21st century to find bold geometric designs when it comes to fixtures for lighting as well as sound. In addition to lamps and speakers, cylindrical shapes can easily be incorporated into interior design courtesy of everything from wall art to carpeting.  In fact, as long as the inspiration for your interior design focuses on geometrical shapes, you really can't go wrong with heading back to the past to get a hold on what the future that is our present was supposed to look like.

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