Published at Friday, May 04th, 2018 - 11:34:33 AM. Living Room. By Albert Martin.
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This was not true, of course, in the homes of the poor which, if not hovels, were essentially functional. Yet from the Industrial Revolution onwards the idea of domestic comfort grew as did, for those with time on their hands, the concept of leisure. Together, leisure and luxury encouraged the emergence of the living room. Here, at last, was a domestic space - the generalist among rooms - serving no specific functional purpose
The living room featured futuristic Pop Art furniture including an inflatable see-through plastic armchair, a modular orange sofa, a floor-to-ceiling television screen and one of Peter Murdoch’s nominally disposable Polyethylene-coated laminated cardboard “Spotty” chairs that sell for £2,000 in international auction rooms today. The living room of the future was clearly entertaining, fun and open to rapid change.
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