Story: Home décor and furnishings

The television

The television

The arrival of television in New Zealand in 1960 altered the way most people arranged the furniture in their living rooms. Once the fireplace or a window with a pleasant view might have been the focal point of the room, with chairs and sofas clustered around it. Now the seating was arranged so that everyone could have a good view of the television, which was a substantial item of furniture – the more substantial, the higher the status attached to it. This photograph of a 1970s lounge shows the effect.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQT 6421/B5118
Photograph by R. Anderson

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - The significance of home décor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013