A room to relax in, to revel in, to play games in — when have we had a room precisely for that? This 1960s party room could do all that and more.
You might call it a sixties version of the old rumpus room, but for all its finger-snapping mood, it was both more cushiony and more elegant.
This was a room where you could indulge an appetite for zingy colors and splashy patterns — the super-scale wave motif on the window shades, the free-form blob in two sizes on two sofa cushions, the polka dots on the vinyl covering the corner platform, the dizzy black-and-white vinyl that covered the little Parson’s table.
The emphasis was on gregariousness, which is one reason why all the furniture is pulled out from the walls to form a conversation center.
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The low level of the yellow and pink tufted sofas on hazelwood bases — only 12 inches from the floor — suggested lolling with the greatest of ease between dances around the bare-floor periphery to the music of the piano and any other instrument that happens along.
Want to just relax? Have a seat in the egg-shaped chair with white vinyl upholstery, or sit down on the super-thick hand-knotted cream-colored shag rug. Far out!
Behind the sofa, don’t miss the glass apothecary jar full of lemons, plus a tall, black and wavy sculpture called “Totem” by Gene Vass.
On the glass coffee table was a white/transparent tower, which was actually a sculpture made with vintage interlocking plastic toys called Playplax. Nearby was an 11-1/2 inch diameter glass ashtray, and a bowl of matchboxes and matchbooks.
When the loudest part of the party was over, this, too, was a room to polish off the evening by serving coffee and cake.