Scenes from the 1970 Encylopedia of Home Improvement


33 Responses to “Scenes from the 1970 Encylopedia of Home Improvement”

  1. gwailo_joe says:

    all the other birds…are fine.

    but the big purple one is kinda freakin me out man…

  2. gwailo_joe says:

    and didn’t people smoke in the ’70s?!  Inflatable furniture seems a poor choice…

    (the shagapsule of course is timeless)

    •  My first year of college we had an inflatable chair similar to the one in the bird room. It lasted about a week before popping a seam.

      • snowmentality says:

         I had a transparent turquoise inflatable armchair through high school and college. It was amazingly sturdy. Eventually I gave it away, not being into turquoise inflatable furniture so much anymore.

        I kind of wish I still had it — but there’s no way it would stand up to my cats.

  3. rekoil says:

    James Lileks mined this vein years ago.

  4. Adam Gillitt says:

    I want to go to there.

  5. TurquoiseDays says:

    You know what’s weirding me out? There are no computers… The red and white desk with the backless seat seems to need a laptop on the desk. It’s a very bizarre feeling.

  6. snowmentality says:

    I’m pretty into that bathroom, to be honest. Giant cylindrical space ship shower!

    I was confused about the silver cylinder pillows though. I think they have a hood-type hair dryer above them, and you’re supposed to lounge around on your futuristic pillows and read magazines while your hair dries.

  7. freshacconci says:

    I’m sure some naysayers will scoff at these interiors but I can’t help but love this if only because this was the first view of the world I had. I was born in ’68 and all this was totally normal to me. This is what the world looked like.

  8. LogrusZed says:

    Christ I miss deep-pile shag carpeting. I’m sure it’s a mofo to clean but you really don’t need to worry about a lot of furniture when you have that kind of flooring. When I was a kid getting contact high (you may call b/s but I was a really hyper kid and then I’d get dragged to a grownup party where everyone was smoking weed or hash in some small apartment and boom I’d pass out on the shag rug)  it was such a warm and inviting place to take a nap.

  9. Malic says:

    That bathroom looks like it might exist in the deeper recesses of Diabolik’s subterranean lair. And that’s a good thing.

  10. Stefan Jones says:

    Note that these are “aspirational” designs. The kind of thing set designers and decorators working for people with lots of money would pay attention to.

    Except, maybe, for avacado colored appliances and tasteless knick-knacks, this kind of over-the-top stylish decor rarely made it into “normal” people’s homes . . . that is, the middle-class and working class homes of friends and relatives I’d visited. “Normal” to me meant wood paneling, upholstered furniture with bland plaid burlap-ish fabric,  kitchens with Formica surfaces.

  11. Doctor Device says:

    I am really liking that cylindrical bathroom… at least in theory. but I have an irrational love of non-rectilinear design.

  12. R_Young says:

    This totally makes me think VaultTec.  I expect to open up the fridge to a nice sixpack of Nuka Cola and Sunset Sasparilla.  

  13. IronEdithKidd says:

    The first thing I thought of seeing the cylinder bathroom was Lego Star Wars. 

    The second thing I thought was knee-deep shag is an invitation to infestation.  Especially in a bathroom. 


  14. Stefan Jones says:

    Of course, that bathroom isn’t REALLY cylindrical. They’re just wasting a god-awful lot of space with bulkheads and curved panels.

    Can you imagine CLEANING that place? Dealing with funky shower-mist-moistened shag carpets and mildew growing in the cracks and crevices along the bulkheads?

    Instead of making our houses look like space stations, Designers should be making our space ships look like houses.

  15. Ray Alderman says:

    As soon as I saw this I thought of Lileks as well.  

    I’ve been looking at various interior designs of late and a lot of the modern stuff feels sterile to me.  This bathroom looks like a trainwreck in motion but by golly it’s got some life to it.   I’ll give it that.  

  16. jimh says:

    The bathroom reminds me of the scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey” in the moon shuttle, where the stewardesses walk up the walls in the round hallway, wearing velcro boots. Anyone else?

  17. puzzlingevidence says:

    these make me weak in the knees. I’m in awe.

  18. Thank Dog the future never got here!

  19. mypalmike says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to “shag in the bathroom”.

  20. Wendy says:

    My mother had these encyclopedias, and as a kid I loved to page through them. The “space bathroom” (posted under the topic of “fluorescent lighting”) was one of my favorite pictures. But even back then I wondered how people could actually use a room like that.

  21. Stu_Por says:

    The birds are tripping balls.

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