Famous Modern Furniture Timeline 1960 – 1969
Wow, new things happening with materials during this period. Plastics take the world by storm adding vibrant colors and more fluid shaped forms to be created in furniture.
Plastics were like the tubular steel of old, it opened up doorways for new furniture design, lightweight and versatile, designers like Joe Colombo, Vernon Panton and Anna Castelli-Ferreri stormed ahead concepting and manufacturing plastic stacking chairs, beautiful and versatile.
The 1960’s period was a lively decade in the arts and technology, many forces emerged influencing the change of design. The change in technology increased at a great pace, pushed by space travel, the defense industry and consumer booms. The concept of fashion entered design.
Cheap “fashionable” articles were made which could be thrown out afterwards. These products were designed to last for a short time only. The youth emerged as a strong market force that influenced design, attacking the principles of tradition. Designers began to explore the future influenced by fantasy films and the decade of space.
Italian designers became the leaders in design and the fashion setters, with everyone following their lead. The decade was remembered for the pop art culture, the Beatles, Woodstock, Peace, Love, Psychedelia and the Youth Force.
Famous Modern Classic Furniture for the period of 1960 to 1969
1960 Stacking Chair- Vernon Panton
1960 S Chair- Vernon Panton
1962-1963 Polyprop Chair – Robin Day
1964 Model 905- Vico Magistretti
1964 Model No.GF 40/4 – David Rowland
1964 Solus – Gae Aulenti
1965 Hammock PK24- Paul Kjaerholm
1965 Universale – Joe Colombo
1965 Action Office Suite- George Nelson and Bob Propst
1968 Pastilli or Gyro Chair- Eero Aarnio
1968 Universal Chair- Vico Magistretti
1968 Additional System- Joe Colombo
1968 Panton Chair – Vernon Panton
1969 Donna Up5 – Gaetano Pesce
1969 Birillo – Joe Colombo