Conversation pits: Those usually square or circular-shaped step-down spaces with built-in sofas popular in the ‘50s through the ’70s feel like artifacts of a simpler time. And they might just be making a comeback, because, let’s be real, more socializing and merry-making is always welcome, no matter the era.
Our recent feature on the resurgence of conversation pits explains it like this:
Today conversation pits are objects of fascination, relics of a time when living space was oriented not around a wall-sized flat screen and portable computers, but around looking at and socializing with other human beings in real life. If we want to get back to some actual face-to-face time, what better way to do it than in a cushioned burrow designed to host an intimate gathering?
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that they’re kitschy, alluring, and impossible to get enough of. To sate your appetite for the previously-maligned conversation pit, here are 35 retro (and contemporary) examples from Instagram that may even inspire you to create your own.
The lower level of 70 Brentwood Drive in #glencoe #illinois , built in 1960 or possibly 1964. The conversation pit echoes the round floor plan of the main level of the #house. I have been unable to determine who the architect was. I took these shots in 2006, and the #home was sold in 2007. I was told that none of these features were preserved when the new owners renovated. As I recall, the #spiralstaircase , suspended by thin steel cables, did not meet #modern #building codes. #architecture #architecturalphotography #modernarchitecture #midcenturymodern #midcenturymodernarchitecture #midcenturychicago #conversationpit #northshorechicago #chicagonorthshore #midcenturyhouse #midcenturydesign #midcenturymodernhome @jetsetmodern #chicagobauhausandbeyond