70 vintage sofas from the swinging 70s

Vintage sofas from the swinging seventies

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Sectional sofas back & worth considering (1970)

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) March 20, 1970

Guess what’s coming back to the living room? Nobody has ventured an explanation of “why,” but the return of sectional sofas is worth considering.

That style of seating has not been offstage long enough to be forgotten by the under-25s. What gives new versions prominence is the furnishing potential for all interiors, big and small.

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Paradoxical as it may seem, two or three units in a single grouping can turn out to be a space-saver. Such an arrangement also results in a more congenial setting for conversation.

In the final analysis, too, less furniture is needed to complete a decor built around the multiple sofa scheme. One large cocktail table and one flexible lamp (as illustrated here) are the only other essentials.

Possibly the architectural trend to combined living rooms and dining areas has restored interest in sectional seating.

Sectional sofas back and worth considering - 1970

Where no walls exist to separate one part of an interior from another, sofas assume the role of dividers.

Notice how the principle works in the photograph (above). The dining room is clearly defined as if by an invisible wall. Straight sofas fall naturally into right-angle placement.

However, there are curved and angled designs that form entertaining circles. Obviously, in those situations, the cocktail table is round, often with a Lazy Susan top.

Retro modern modular couch from the 1970s


Sofa styles are contemporary, but that doesn’t limit total decor. Mood is established via print or solid-color upholstery fabrics, elegant velvets or homespun textures, not to bypass vinyls with the look of leather. Then other elements — table, lighting, accessories — are chosen accordingly.

Newest sectionals have come a long way from the ’40s, when they were sometimes better in theory than in style or use. More comfort and flexibility are in their favor now. We’re thinking of designs whereby single units multiply into seating systems — as many or as few needed.

Kipp Stewart has developed such a system for Directional Industries. Two basic pieces, arm-less or corner versions, combine as loveseats, longboy so-fas or climb around the walls of a room.

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In the case of a group by Selig, an ottoman is the master unit. Sides flare upward to produce armrests, so that by adding a back cushion a chair is born. Put another and another side by side, and you have sofas.

The same company presents variations on that theme in a German import that looks like an old Pullman car seat. It can lead an independent existence, or in duplicate and triplicate go on to bigger seating assignments.

The idea is fine for family rooms as well as living rooms, especially around a fireplace. Some we’ve seen are receptive to what are frequently called “conversation pits.”

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Enormous round puffy leather couch in buckskin color

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Vintage vinyl or naugahyde blue sofa around an inside fireplace table

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Vintage sofas: The Furthermore II

Button-tufted styling in Herculon olefin pile. Wedge unite allows you to design your own conversation pit.

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Vintage sofas from the ’70s: Surround yourself… with the soft life

THIS IS ‘PLATEAU’ The new approach to the way you relax. It’s forever re-arrangeable, on any level, on the spur of your own moment.

Surround yourself with deep, soft, comfortable velvet. Even cabinets, platforms and bookcases are upholstered in full velvet. It’s right now…in every Roche Bobois store.

Vintage Plateau modular sofa you can rearrange - 70s

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Beautiful Morocco-style sofas on three sides of a cozy nook

Room edged with sofa seating - 1970s

Vintage sectional couch from 1972

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Two vintage sofas in neutral tones with armrest storage

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A grown-up sectional sofa: The Playpen is not for everyone

It’s for people who lead their lives their own way — in style and comfort. People who are glad they’re grown-up.

Superbly constructed for extra softness with cushion-within-a-cushion seats and plump, wedge-shaped backs, this Selig original takes up no more space than a standard sofa, table and pair of chairs.

Designed for easy living, the Playpen can be arranged and rearranged to suit any mood. The armless chairs, corner sections and ottomans with casters recombine beautifully to create sofas, loveseats, sectional, or individual seating.

Separately, or together, the ten pieces look as good as they feel. And will stay good looking because they’re treated with SCOTCHGARD Velvet Protector, which means that watery and oily stains can be blotted away. Deep stains can be spot cleaned easily, leaving the fabric smooth and fresh looking.

Covered in plush 100% cotton velvet, the Playpen comes in thirteen lucky colors. Look for it at fine stores near you.

The Playpen - huge vintage sofa from the swinging 709s

Big vintage wrap-around sofa with bed-like area - from the 1970s

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Off-white linen-effect L-shaped sectional sofa

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Vintage seventies room edged with wicker sofas with blue cushions

Vintage couch with five angles and funky retro pattern

1977 Home decor - sofas

Big brown and beige couch from the 1970s

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Three-sided conversation pit-style couch from the ’70s

Vintage family-friendly sectional couch in the living room - 1970s

Conversation square in magenta and red

A dark, rich room that invites ease and pleasure, an environment that transcends tradition reveals this bright concept: decorating with light.

Lamps. strategically placed in the dark, play on kinetic light sculptures: terracotta-lacquered tables connect magenta-covered banquettes to form an accommodating square.

On tabletops. chunky collections of crystal shapes gleam like stalagmites in a cavern. By interior designer Barbara D’Arcy, at Bloomingdale’s.

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The Wedge vintage 70s sofa - semi-circle

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Cozy patterned retro sofas from the 70s

Huge retro patterned sofa from 1974

Mobilia Lounge sofa from Roche Bobois

You can do anything with this great modular seating system. Infinitely re-arrangeable anytime for quiet living… or a full-scale ball. Come indulge your fantasy your own way.

Huge wide vintage leather sofa from the 70s

Large sofa that covers a room on 2 sides from the 70s

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Two vintage sofas, plus a transparent plastic chair

Matching vintage sectional sofas from the seventies

Modern minimalist modular sofa blocks

Modular sofas from the 70s

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Puffy retro sofa configuration in dual-level living room

Retro 70s three-sided sofa nook

Old built-in sofa seating area from the seventies

Retro modular sofa nook

Geometric modular sofa (1978)

“Larsen’s World,” a fresh collection of geometries… combines with seating forms of the Flair-Hibriten Division of Bernhardt Furniture.

Also: Furniture-to-go, Rattan sectionals in tropic cotton print, Knock-down in corded cotton velvet & chintz-covered cushions and dark rattan

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Modern metal sofa frames with black & white cushions 

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Brown 70s sectional vintage sofa

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A break with tradition: Half-circle sofa seating (1975)

Large semi-circular seating unit — these more cohesive shapes visually expand space better than an arrangement of different chairs and sofas.


Semi-circle plush beige settee

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Black & white checkerboard pattern wallpaper & vintage sofas

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Moroccan-style living room

Green sofa along the walls, with both green and white pillows, and white leather poufs

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Traditional brown leather vintage sofas with deep buttons

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Green velour sofas

Couches and pillows are placed on a thick green shag carpet

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Bohemian-style room with pillowed sofas and patterned wallpaper

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Vintage curved ’70s sofa

The sofa fabric matches the curtains and the wallpaper on the ceiling.

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Creamy beige L-shaped sofa with red pillows and accents

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6 different retro-style sofa modules

Hexagons in terracotta basketweave, Loose cushion add-ons in graph-paper plaid, Canvas modules with attached backs, Linear put-together in quilted canvas, Washable furniture in strip-off cotton, and Big scale seating with zig-zag stripes. 

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Bright yellow sofas and ottomans in a log cabin

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Plush orange modular vintage sofa set

Retro 70s 24-hour sofa set - acrylic plush upholstery living room furniture in gold and green

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A bright living room furniture setup with lots of colors

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Modular furniture with plush cotton velvet pile upholstery

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Inflatable sofas & a bird wall graphic

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Retro wicker weave graphic upholstery in blue & red

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Cozy shaped seating on these yellow retro loveseats

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  1. I have a question about the photo of the red patterned sofas with the matching red patterned sofa table? Who was the designer/maker?

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