Bookmarked: Underground Interiors

Bookmarked: Underground Interiors

Gregory Han
Jul 19, 2007

Today we begin a new feature titled Bookmarked, an opportunity for ATLA and our readers to revisit some of the triumphs, follies and ideas from decor publications and books from the past. If you've got a great decor photo/image or design idea from an out-of-print source, please send it to la(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com, including the title and publication information.

I finally got the opportunity to look through some more of the vintage decor books I picked up while down in Long Beach a couple weekends ago. Underground Interiors: Decorating for Alternate Life Styles stuck out from the selection of dated, "tasteful" home decor books...and thankfully so! Filled with pages of homes decorated by the avant garde from the late 60's and early 70's, most of the ideas aren't applicable for mainstream interiors, with bathrooms accessorized with gymnastic rings or neon outlining interior doorways but remains an inspiration nevertheless for the sheer creative audacity and disdain for the conventional.

But then I saw this mod-outer space, eye catching tabletop display of a shell collection belonging to architect Pippo Anfuso. As someone who loves personal collection displays, this is something I'd like to investigate copying myself. Apparently this place specializes in clear plastic domes, ranging in sized of 1.5" in diameter all the way to 69", but the price seems prohibitively expensive if the goal is to display a numerous assortment. Any other ideas out there?

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