Believe me, I’m as surprised as you that I find myself once again writing about Scandinavian furniture. Even more shocking is that it was from a movie about the American Army in the late 1970s. But, none-the-less, there I was last weekend, in the cinema, watching Men Who Stare at Goats and I found that I was staring at the furniture.
The movie takes place, partially, in the late 1970s on Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina. I’m not sure how successful I’m going to be at researching standard issue Army furniture – so far – I’m not turning up much! But I do know that Scandinavian furniture was very popular for office furniture in the 1960s and 70s – just think Mad Men.
The furniture was mass-produced, sleek, functional and masculine. So, extrapolate that into the Army not putting quite the same amount of importance on aesthetics as advertisement executives on Madison Avenue and there you have Kevin Spacey’s character, Larry Hooper, hiding under a teak bench with Danish corded seats next to a coordinating teak side table, about a decade after they were first popularized.
(Sidenote: if we think too much about Mad Men I’m going to have to develop an entirely new blog devoted to how I adore the set design of that show.)