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As in the time of the industrial revolution, American Furniture design experienced a transformational period during the 1950’s. Spirits were high, the economy was thriving and the birth rate was booming after World War II. Therefore furniture craftsmen began exploring new worlds of furniture design.
Influenced by the bright colors of modern artists Matisse and Kandinsky, craftsmen left dark fabric tones. As a result favoring brightly-colored yellow, aqua, and pink tones instead. The abstract geometric designs of artists Piet Mondrian and Theo Van Doesburg lent themselves naturally to the new “efficient” home. Hence sectional sofas, occasional tables, and multi-use furniture emerged to accommodate the faster-paced family.
The rise of the home television played a significant role in shaping modern furniture as well. As the television set became a fixture in the home, television stands, recliners, and occasional tables soared in popularity. Families would gather in the newly created “family room” to watch their favorite shows together.