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The 1970s: ‘new colonial’ style (3rd of 3)

The 1970s: ‘new colonial’ style

A popular style of the 1970s was a reinterpretation of colonial interiors, which was consistent with a new style of architecture practised by architects such as Roger Walker. In a reaction to modernist style it incorporated ‘rustic’ elements such as exposed brick, bright colours and 19th-century references such as the pot belly stove and leadlight lampshade. These are seen in the Wellington house of the Haimes family, built in the mid-1970s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/5325/34a-F
Photograph by Greg King

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Nostalgia and materialism, 1960s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013