The author of the celebration of 1950s and ’60s design Populuxe turns his keen eyes and wit on the most confusing and confused decade of all: the 1970s. Though the country experienced political scandal, war, urban squalor, crime, and inflation, it was through this funk that America and its people were able to reinvent themselves. Some may embarrassingly look back at the Plaid maxi-dresses and the macarmé, but it was these symbols that signaled new modes of seeing and being.
Thomas Hine scrutinizes the looks and life of this complex era, climbing into the heads of those who experienced the ’70s—exploring the design of our homes and our fashions and scanning the ads that set our desires on fire.
The Great Funk is more than a lavish catalog of 1970s culture and design: it’s an original, lively look at the “Me Decade” through the eyes of the man House & Garden has called “America’s sharpest design critic.”