The decade that saw the coming of age of the new economy brought with it a mass consumer market and a great sense of optimism. Architecture took on a more industrial approach where new developments in technology and manufacturing were incorporated into the home. The kitchen became the heart of the home during the 50s with families relinquishing formal dining in favour of relaxed meal times in the kitchen. Reflecting the exuberant times, homes were decorated in carefree pastel tones with pops of red and black.

1950s2Styling by Ruth Welsby, photography by Martina Gemmola.