Guess The Decade: Saarinen Sitting Room - The Answer

Guess The Decade: Saarinen Sitting Room - The Answer

Janel Laban
Feb 11, 2008

Last Friday, we kicked off a little game of Guess the Decade, featuring a sitting area with the Saarinen womb settee and chair. When we came across the photo, we felt it was pretty classic and timeless, making the exact decade not easily distinguishable. But (not surprisingly - you know your stuff!) the AT readers nailed it....

(Click here to guess first - then jump below for the answer)

It's a photo from 1965 - Betty Pepis Interior Decoration A to Z.

91 of you voted 60's making it the lead decade by far in our survey. It was followed by the 70's with 56 votes - this would have been our guess - something about the casually displayed unframed Chinese print and dried flowers moved it into that decade for us.

The 50's garnered nearly as many votes, 48, which is not surprising, due to the vintage of the pieces and the artwork. It was followed by the 80's, perhaps due to the color scheme - that single wall in bright red could be read as an eighties touch.

As always, the comments from everyone were great...with Johnny Slimane offering up the exact years of the womb settees availability and the aesthetic onion bringing up the Chinese influence on decor post WWII. An interesting observation came from kimg924..."I voted 70s because this looks like a collection of the best from several decades -- the throw and dried flowers and stack of coffee table books looks like classic Sunset Magazine accents.". Finally, dn was looking at the art..."The art says at most very early sixties, except for the mirror. That little round mirror (assuming that's what it is) is very now, but I voted 50s.".

Thanks for playing along!

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Photo: Thanks to Miss Retro Modern who posted it on flickr!

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