Dig this retro mellow 1970s rap room & its striped blue decor

Dig this retro mellow 1970s rap room and its striped decor
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Back in the early seventies, they called this a “rap room” — rap in this case was an old word for talking (or discussion, or oration) that gave rise to the name of a musical style. (Sometimes they were also called “gab pads.”)

The concept was very much a 70s thing, although these spaces weren’t just for hippies. In fact, this particular blue and white mellow 1970s rap room was a pretty high-end designer version. You can dig all the details below.

Striped wool carpeting stretched across the floor, then over a soft foam-filled, three-level platform to create seating for people who think of conversation in terms of a good rap.

More stripes in blue and white fabric streaked around the wall behind and up over a lowered ceiling to further set off the area from the rest of the room.

And again, more stripes — this time much more vibrant, encircling masses of pillows flung about wherever they would be most comfortable.

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The whole arrangement was designed by the photographer Horst P. Horst, using wool carpeting designed by him and made especially by Edward Fields. All fabric was from Brunschwig & Fils.

The quartet of nesting tables, lacquered in the same vivid red as the entrance wall, was from Domus New York.

Against the wall was a curved wood table in beige ostrich-patterned leather, which had been made by New York furniture designer Karl Springer.

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