The Way Furniture Looked In 1956

1956 furniture

By 1956 Great Britain was beginning to recover from the devastating effects of the Second World War and, at last, money was beginning to appear in people’s pockets.

By 1950 vast numbers of people had returned from the war to settle, marry and start a family and thus required rehousing. In was in this period that Great Britain embarked on a comprehensive house building and rehousing program which resulted in, amongst other things, a demand for interior furnishings.

War-time furniture had been very utilitarian but by the start of the 1950s decade a little more thought was being given to design and style even though raw materials were in short supply. This image above is not designed as a picture of 1956 life but simply as an image to show the type of furniture which would have been available to the householder looking to furnish a new apartment or house.

The corner unit is a fairly simple and basic model which has a considerable capacity for storage and would have been a very useful item to have. This is particularly so since it sits in the corner out of the way. The bookcase next to it is a more expensive item with a glass front. Books and other reading material were seen as important, particularly for a family with school-age children, and so a bookcase will always be found in a 1950s home. The table and chairs are typical of those produced during the period and were an important part of the household since, in those days, everyone sat at the table to eat their meals.

The wallpaper and carpet are of contemporary design and use mid-century colours, as is the fabric used on the chair seats.

These items have now been added to my stock ready for a 1950s look at life which I hope to be able to do in the coming few weeks. It is interesting to reflect that, although this furniture is almost 60 years old, similar items could be purchased today on the high Street.

A full size image is on my Flickr page which is here.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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