As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, war ended, space travel became a reality, and Americans enjoyed a fresh sense of optimism and prosperity. Cocktail culture, rock’n’roll, and open floor-plan ranch homes celebrated high living in casual style. The lighting of the time embraced this fun and forward-looking zeitgeist, casting off traditional designs in favor of Scandinavian-inspired lines, rocket-ship silhouettes, and buoyant colors. Arguing that sleek needn’t be stark, and approachable needn’t be inelegant, modernism defied the gravity of the war years and conquered the exploration of space: creating rooms that are stylish, livable, and happy.
DETAILS TO LOOK FOR: Starlight perforations, bright colors, aerodynamic silhouettes
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