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Transcript of House Rules
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by Anuki Suraweera, Rachelle Yung, Vivian Chen, Tasfia Siddiqui & Harini Elamurugan
A 1970s Home Office - Harini Elamurugan
In the 1970s, retro style was popular in Australia. This meant that abstract paintings and sculptures were a preferred means of decorating walls and interiors.
Innovative and modern lighting designs were emerging in the 1970s and some favoured lighting solutions included lava lamps and large white globe lamps.
Also, the retro style meant that yellow, blue, bright green and turquoise were colours that were used often with white applied to offset brighter colours. This was also consistent with the hippie trend.
Leather and wood as well as metal, chrome and glass were considered to be trendy materials in the 1970s. Fabric chairs were a prominent piece of furniture in the home.
Linoleum and wood flooring was commonly used throughout the Australian home. Fluffy, shaggy rugs added a pleasant contrast between the rug and the surrounding straight edges of the room.
Bibliography - annotated version in word document
Magazines propagated American values/trends.
A 1970s Master Bedroom - Vivian Chen
1973: almost 1/4 had home phones, representing improved
Australian popular culture in the 1970s was heavily influenced by American and British pop culture. During this decade, American and British acts such as the Rolling Stones achieved huge success. In 1973, the Australian government introduced a code of practices to strengthen the Australian music industry and this saw local bands like AC/DC rise and achieve chart success.
These two different lights show the evolution of lighting designs during the 1970s and contrasts the once popular belled design with the growing trend of globe designs.
Radio popularised American music, particularly for youth. Bob Dylan (American) and The Rolling Stones (British) were popular. Australian artists also succeeded e.g. on Radio 2JJ.
Technology promoted broadcasts of American sport, despite affinity with British sport.
A 1970's Kitchen
The typical 70's kitchen was bright, vibrant and very representative of the technological innovations of the era.
All areas of the kitchen had interesting patterns, bold prints and bright colours especially bright pink, turquoise, light green, orange and yellow.
During the 70's kitchen appliances such as the dishwasher, microwave and oven gained widespread popularity and became an essential aspect of the kitchen. Box-type fridges gained popularity and small appliances, for example the blender, food processor, toaster and electric drip-coffee maker were introduced as common household items.
Laminate and Formica counter-tops were typical of the era as the 70’s considered plastic to be fashionable.
The classic 1970 rooms displayed a lot of colour contrasting and experimenting with colour blocking.
Rollerskating was a huge and popular fad during the 1970s in both the United States and Australia with thousands of rinks opening.
Emphasis on natural light
Yellow/green theme (bright colours) common.
White globe and arc floor lamps popular
Indoor plants reflected the 'hippy' movement
Floorboards dominated family rooms
A 1970s Teenage Girl's Bedroom - Tasfia Siddiqui
Posters of American & British celebrities - Bob Marley, Audrey Hepburn. Art was typically of an abstract design.
Small appliances made from chrome & other metals
Large windows & floating bookcases were typical in initiating an open-plan living space.
Saarinen tulip chair - major architectural development in the 70s.
70s fads included lava lamps & spoke clocks.
Beanbags and floor cushions - encouraged a relaxed vibe; incorporation of plants inside homes.
Bright and bold wallpaper & furnishings - mod look.
Beanbags were common
Television promoted American and British culture widely. Colour television proliferated in the mid-70s. Movies and shows were primarily American-made, e.g. The Brady Bunch. Australian shows included Homicide. Television featured significantly in leisure time.
Cars became more prevalent in households due to a noticeable price decrease; Volkswagen buses were common in the 70s
Wicker furniture exemplified the "environmentalist" feel of the decade.
Fashion in the 1970's was very daring and colours were bold and bright. The hippie style of dressing was pronounced mainstream and many pieces were ethnic- inspired.