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Ten colourful and comfortable 1970s-style interiors

Featuring wood-panelled walls, plushy seating and soft fabrics juxtaposed with glossy finishes, this lookbook collects 10 interiors that recall the 1970s.

Having been out of favour for much of the past five decades, the 1970s re-emerged as a design trend in 2022.

The interiors listed below draw on a range of motifs borrowed from the era of glam rock, roller discos and Star Wars, with low-slung, upholstered furniture in earthy tones filling multi-use spaces.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring interiors with Eames chairs, living rooms in Victorian homes and open-plan modernist living areas.

Studio Hagen Hall 1970s-style interior
Photo by Mariell Lind Hansen

Primrose Hill townhouse, UK, by Studio Hagen Hall

Architecture office Studio Hagen Hall channeled 1970s Californian modernism with its transformation of this north London townhouse.

Classically 1970s materials such as velvet, elm and fluted glass were deployed alongside subtle contemporary elements including micro-cement flooring.

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SRG House by Fox Johnston
Photo by Anson Smart Photography

SRG House, Australia, by Fox Johnston

SRG House was designed in 1972 by Stuart Whitelaw and was once the home of Australian modernist architect Sir Roy Grounds.

Fox Johnston retained this heritage in its renovation of the building, installing wood panelling and thick carpet while also leaving parts of the building's concrete fabric exposed.

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Helios 710 apartment by Bella Freud and Retrouvius
Photo by Michael Sinclair

Helios 710, UK, by Bella Freud and Maria Speake

Set inside the former BBC Television Center in London, Helios 710 is a penthouse apartment designed by architect Piercy & Company with interiors by creative duo Bella Freud and Maria Speake that seeks to capture the most vibrant aspects of the 1970s.

Aiming for "bold colour, eclecticism and glamour", the main living room sees glossy black sofas with burnt orange seat cushions contrast an emerald green carpet and hessian-covered walls.

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Artwork in Substans restaurant in Aarhus by Krøyer & Gatten
Photo by Martin Gravgaard

Substans, Denmark, by Krøyer & Gatten

Local studio Krøyer & Gatten designed this Michelin-starred restaurant in Aarhus to feel like a Danish home from 50 years ago.

The architects opted for retro-but-humble materials, such as simple brown tiles in the kitchen and white-painted brickwork for the bar.

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First floor lounge in 6 Babmaes Street office for The Crown Estate by Fathom Architects
Photo by James Balston

6 Babmaes Street, UK, by Fathom Architects

The 1970s are often associated with a relaxed, comfortable aesthetic, and so the decade was referenced by Fathom Architects in its post-pandemic design for this London office.

Warm colours are paired with tactile materials to create a cosier atmosphere than the traditional office, as a response to the increased prevalence of working from home.

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Palm Heights Grand Cayman by Gabriella Khalil
Photo by Brooke Shanesy

Palm Heights, Grand Cayman, by Gabriella Khalil

Creative director Gabriella Khalil sought to mimic a 1970s-era Caribbean mansion with the design of this boutique hotel in the Cayman Islands.

Sandy yellows mix with bold blues in each room, while collectible design pieces like Mario Bellini sofas, Ingo Maurer wall lamps and a chequered Ettore Sottsass rug feature in the guest lounge.

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Waiting area with mirror wall in Youth Lab 3.0 clinic interior design by Nickolas Gurtler
Photo by Timothy Kaye

Youth Lab 3.0, Australia, by Nickolas Gurtler

This experimental space for cosmetic clinic Youth Lab takes on the daring task of balancing the brand's minimalist identity with a retro style reminiscent of 1970s Milan.

Designer Nickolas Gurtler paired a cooler overall colour palette and mirror wall with plentiful soft textures and shades of gold and olive green.

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A yellow and orange store interior
Photo courtesy of Harmay

Harmay Hangzhou, China, by AIM Architecture

While it may look just like a 1970s office, this interior by Shanghai studio AIM Architecture is actually a retail store for cosmetics brand Harmay.

It features a wool carpet by German brand Findeisen and suspended ceiling tiles, with a colour palette of muted yellows, oranges and browns.

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Studiopepe creates its "modern vision of a club" in a former warehouse
Photo courtesy of Studiopepe

Club Unseen, Italy, by Studiopepe

During Milan design week in 2018, local studio Studiopepe opened a temporary private venue in a 19th-century warehouse that attempted to capture the spirit of 1970s nightclubs.

"Those years are fascinating to us – the colours and materials were very glamorous," the studio's Arianna Lelli Mami told Dezeen. The interiors combined graphic shapes, grid patterns, pastel colours and metallic finishes.

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Vesta by Menard Dworkind
Photo by David Dworkind

Vesta, Canada, by Ménard Dworkind

This pizza joint in Montreal, designed by local studio Ménard Dworkind, takes cues from the decor of 1970s New York pizzerias with funky colours and bold use of textures, as well as a smattering of vintage objects.

White wall panelling, dark green ceiling paint, rich oak panelling and red leather seating come together to capture "the spirit of Italian family restaurants" from times gone by.

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This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring interiors with Eames chairs, living rooms in Victorian homes and open-plan modernist living areas.