Office Time Machine

The 1970s are the next big thing.

Here’s the thing about the 1970s: While it’s easy to mock the bell-bottoms and the mutton chops, people actually had some pretty good ideas back then, especially where interiors were concerned. Cane and chrome—so chic! Clean lines and geometric forms—always modern. Here are a few styles you can steal to help perk up your workplace.


On lounge: Valextra Triennale briefcase, $4,100

Photographer: Matthew Tammaro for Bloomberg Businessweek; Set designer and stylist: Daneille Selig

1. Herman Miller Eames molded plywood screen
Nothing says the ’70s like veneer. This version of the classic Eames design is updated with polypropylene mesh at the joints to make it more flexible and durable.

2. Cesca chair by Marcel Breuer
Cane and chrome go together like Starsky and Hutch (that is to say, perfectly).

3. Aruliden Escape glass tumbler
$48 for set of four;
Looks even better filled with two fingers of J&B.

4. FLOS Mod.607 lamp
Despite its high-tech, dimmable LED bulb, this desk lamp would be right at home next to an Apple II.

5. Florence Knoll executive desk
The hidden drawers are a discreet place for that spare white dress shirt.

6. Chen Chen & Kai Williams Third Eye Vessel magazine holder
Red serpentine marble provides magazines a dramatic perch.

7. Vonnegut/Kraft Crescent lounge
Recline in minimalist comfort after your three-martini lunch.

8. Established & Sons Font clock
As easy to read as a digital clock, it’s actually analog: The time, date, and day of the week are revealed on flipping flaps.

9. Monte CarloDiscus ceiling fan
Epcot didn’t openuntil 1982, but thisfan is very that.

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