With forward-thinking design and bold experiments as hallmarks of the 1970s decorating style, the era embraced a “Mod” and groovy look. New materials were being developed and used in furnishings, Space Age technologies opened horizons, and with comfort and convenience winning the battle against rigidity. Here I want to share the 1970s leather furniture pieces that exemplify this beloved period, ideas sure to add fun and flair to your room.
CH101 Lounge Chair, by Hans J. Wegner
The CH101 Lounge Chair is a highly-geometric masculine seat designed by Hans J. Wegner in the early 70s with the Danish firm Johannes Hansen as part of an exclusive office furniture series. The industrial element of the hand-crafted stainless steel frame is offset by the natural elegance of leather upholstery, which has retained its contemporary look decades later. In 2008, the chair was reintroduced by Carl Hansen & Son to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
412 Cab Chair, by Mario Bellini
It was 1977 when Mario Bellini conceived the Cab Chair as an extension for the body: a flexible tubular steel frame “skeleton” is padded with polyurethane foam over which a “skin” of saddle leather is zipped on top, available in an assortment of colors. Now the chair is part of the permanent collection at the New York MoMA.
Joe Lounge Chair, by Jonathan De Pas et al.
Designed by Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi in 1971 for Poltronova, the Joe Lounge Chair commands a strong sense of style in the shape of a giant baseball glove. It was originally designed in 1970 in homage to American baseball champion Joe DiMaggio. This piece of furniture is covered with high-quality leather over a foam and steel frame, mounted on wheels for easy movement.
Primate 240, by Achille Castiglioni
The design of Primate 240 drew inspiration from the upright sitting position of people practicing Buddhist meditation. Designed in 1970 by Achille Castiglioni and manufactured by Zanotta, it is a sturdy kneeling stool made of black-painted polystyrene, flexible polyurethane upholstery and a stainless-steel frame.
DS 600 Non Stop Sofa, by de Sede
This iconic long sofa was originally designed in 1972 by Heinz Ulrich, Ueli Berger and Elenora Peduzzi-Riva in Switzerland. What’s unique about it is the modular system that allows for elements to be zipped together, creating an endless shape suitable for any environment. The seating is upholstered in high-quality leather and allows for free-flowing mobile concepts as well as conventional furniture arrangements.