Norwegian Residential Environments: ‘Teak, TV and Teenagers – 1965’

In the past weeks, we have presented unique flats from the apartment building at the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo. The philosophy is to enlighten the different eras in interior design, how they differ from each other and how they connect. Some apartments are reconstructions of homes that actually existed, while others are constructed based on descriptions from the specific era.

The 1965 apartment is called ‘Teak, TV and Teenagers’, and illustrates a postwar home with increasing prosperity, new technical devices and a strong youth culture.

The apartment story is fictional. The residents, Mr. and Mrs. Dahl, are an engineer’s family with a 15 year old son and an eight year old daughter. The apartment consists of a living/dining room, nursery/study room, boy’s room (former maid’s room), hall and kitchen (The stairway bathroom is not reconstructed). The family has been living in the flat for ten years, and has just redecorated their home and bought new furniture and a TV-set. The 1960’s represents a turning point: New prosperity changes the interior, the TV changes social life, and the new teenager culture affects the whole society.

The interior is based on a number of sources, including a collection of photographs from private homes. The purpose is to show an individual, but not untypical Norwegian home. The furniture is dominated by solid wooden furniture made from Teak. The new TV-set makes its breakthrough and changes both the interior and social life. Vivid and colorful accessories from designers like Cathrineholm and Figgjo is a ‘must’ in every Norwegian home.

The flat is supposed to show how these changes in society in the mid 1960’s affected the interior. The TV-screen shows a news-broadcast from the day the labour prime-minister Einar Gerhardsen handed over his office to his non-socialist successor, after 20 years of social-democratic rule. But the TV has to compete with the roaring sound of the Rolling Stones from the record player in the teenager’s room.


Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews

Source: Norsk Folkemuseum

Photos: Digitalt Museum

Categories: Culture, History

1 reply

  1. These rooms would have been right at home in the States, It’s kind of surprising in a way.

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