For instance, the 1960s and 70s
James Lileks writes on “The most garish house in the world”.
There are some eras whose design strikes modern eyes as ugly, garish, a crime against good taste. Usually the current generation judges the previous one harshly while romanticizing an era a few decades back, and then comes to appreciate what was once derided. The cycle repeats over and over.
But sometimes you come across an era whose ugliness is not debatable. It’s not a matter of subjective analysis. It’s truth. That era would be the end of the Sixties through the mid 70s, when American design went barking mad – either from drugs, or more likely, to assure actual drug users that you, too were cool. Flashbak says:
In 1969, construction finished on 2055 S Joshua Tree Place, Palm Springs, CA 92264. The three-bedroom, 3.350 square feet property was decorated in the Palm Springs style. There were Moire wallpaper and draperies, gold crystal chandeliers and a wainscoted den. There still is. The place was decorated and left alone. To step inside is to enter a time warp. Let’s take a look around this Modernist masterpiece, valued at $850,000:
I wouldn’t call it Modernist. That would imply restraint.