The 1920′s had Art Deco; the 1930′s had homeless hobo-chic; the 1940′s had military utilitarianism; the 1950′s had jet-age chrome and wings; the 1960′s moved into the rocket-age. And then it pretty much all went to crap from there.
Or did it? We are referring, of course, to design, and specifically the design of the day-to-day gadgets that we interact with every day, every hour. Looking back through the decades, there was a fairly distinctive “look” about the gadgets we used, and that look permeated everything else around us, from iceboxes to sci-fi robots. Our very view of the future was coloured by the gadgets that surrounded us, a trait that likely continues today. But looking back on movies and television from the past decades, we can trace their view of the future back to the era in which they were created by the look of their gadgets. One space-man’s ray-gun will have its design directly influenced by the look of the toaster in the kitchen of the artist who created it.
So which decade had the best-looking gadgets?