Research / Trip to Geffrye Museum


Today I took a trip to the Geffrye Museum as it was highly recommended from my teachers that this would help with research and understanding the theme of the 50s – 90s better. This being of course within the subject of furniture, rooms etc and how they have evolved over the years. We were also set a small task to find one common object in some of the early era’s and how they are still used nowadays. I choose the themes of floor and how it has changed over time as well as being rotated in different Era’s. I studied each Era carefully and looked at the types of flooring they had because that was what I chose to focus on.

This was the first image I found and this was based on the 1970s. This had a wooden flooring along with a carpet on top. Unfortunately, there was not much description on flooring in this museum however my guess for this was that the carpet was used to stay warm in the winter and removed in the summer.


This living room was based in the 1990s so it was quite modern. Here they have a light coloured wooden floor layered all through except the stairs which are carpet but nonetheless, the whole flooring on here was wooden. This must be because it is easier to maintain.


This living room area was based in 1965. I saw that again this was light coloured wood. However, this was criss cross patterned along with traces of darker tones mixed in. There was a small rug on the floor too, which was like the 1970s but didn’t cover up the whole of the floor but a section.


This was based in the 1930s and it was all covered in a dark coloured carpet. In my opinion, I thought this looked very 80s because of the carpet and didn’t expect it at all. Although there was a carpet all over as flooring, there was still a rug. This must mean that it was very popular to have a rug in the living area regardless of what your flooring was.


This was based in the 1890s. This living area like the 1970s was all floor and a small carpet covering, but this wood was much darker and looked more dull.


This was based in the 1830s. This I found more intruiging and caught my eye. The layout of the flooring was all carpet but had browns that were the colour of wood flooring usually and was printed. It was bright, floral and looked very nice in comparison to all the other flooring. It suited the furniture and brought the room together.


This was one of the most interesting ones to me. This room was based in the 1970s and had a carpet, flooring and tiles. This was interesting because this was the only room to have any sort of tiles on the floor which I didn’t expect at all as I’d have thought years ago, tiles would be very popular. It had the mix of three which I thought may be used to show that whoever lives here had money to afford to have three different types of flooring in one room. Or it could mean the complete opposite. It looked a little messy and it was not something of my taste but I found it interesting.


This was set in 1745 and was all wood flooring. This was interesting too because the wood was very different. It was a merge of lighter and dark wood and didn’t have a specific pattern meaning that this could be what the wood originally looks like and they’ve not just changed it to look that way.


This one was set in 1695 and was extremely similar to the 1745 flooring. In fact, I believe the same type of wood was used for the flooring so this must have become popular again to be used all over for flooring again. It works very well with wooden furniture and makes the room look brighter.


The final room I looked at was based in 1630. This was all wooden covered flooring. In the middle it had a small rug just like the others, the only difference was that it was not a rug but looked like a hand man sewn rug made of of straw. People must have made these themselves to put on the floor as it was cheaper to make yourself then to buy a rug and also, was easier to maintain the floor when cleaning as they were broom friendly.



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