Style highlights:
-    futuristic shapes,
-    silver, white and blue colours,
-    space motives,
-    smooth, shiny surfaces,
-    using such materials as glass, metal, plastic.

space age

Space age, it is a period in which the society was fascinated with space travels, therefore were created projects that had futuristic character. In 1969 the Apollo XI expedition ended with success, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people which put the first steps on the Moon. Space exploration has become a ubiquitous theme. This decade of changes influenced on society thinking, because it showed how great progress of world had taken place. People were looking optimistically to the future and one’s enthusiasm embraced their design projects, architecture and fashion. Boomerangs, flying saucers, atoms and parabolas were a frequent motives in space age projects. The designers were using new materials such as plastics, metals, synthetic materials, polyesters to meet the demands of society. Household objects reflected the shapes of rockets, ships, satellites, spacecrafts. Space motives also appeared on textiles. White, black and blue were dominating colours. Materials were often shiny, which was giving them even more futuristic appearance.

Space Age was taking the inspiration from the fields related to space exploration.  It was a popular style in fashion, furniture and interior design in the 60s of the XX century.  This style wasn’t well-known for its subtlety. It developed basing on Streamline movement and was using technological resources in the new reality. Travelling in the outer space, determined the size of objects, therefore projects had to be small, light and efficient. Such thinking was implemented to the everyday life, where products were supposed to save time and to organize the space. Smooth, geometric shapes, the use of steel, glass and neon were characterising the architecture. Buildings were supposed to cause the impression that they are gravitating.

Despite the madness on the point of space age, this movement was not taken seriously and its end was as equally fast as the development.

Representatives:

Edward Mann, Edward Craven-Walker, Eero Aarnio, Oliver Mourgue, Richard Sapper, Marco Zanuso Sr.

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