“Conversation pits usually recessed a step or two below the level of the surrounding room, and allowed only one or two access points. Often these areas would be positioned to around a central fireplace, projector or hi-fi system.

This method was not always feasible if you lived in a rented home or apartment, as it would require substantial alterations to the physical structure of the room. To overcome this, you could recreate or mimic the the effect by building a platform either around the seating area, or by building the seating directly into a platform of its own.”

 

Pit 7

Modern Furniture and DecorationRobert Harling ©1971

 

“Truthfully, one could just position modular seating in a U-shape to dedicate an area as a conversation pit. Success was more about the attitude projected by the seating area, than it was about the physical make-up of the space itself – it says fun, it says intimacy, it says sexy. It says close the curtains, pour youself a drink and put on another record, because the night is just getting started!”

 

Pit 2

The House BookTerence Conran ©1976

 

Pit 9

Bloomingdale’s Book of Home DecoratingBarbara D’Arcy ©1973

 

Pit 6

The House BookTerence Conran ©1976

 

Pit 4

Modern Furniture and DecorationRobert Harling ©1971

 

Pit 3

FireplacesSunset Books ©1985

 

Pit 5

The House BookTerence Conran ©1976

 

Pit 8

1601 Decorating Ideas for Modern LivingGerd Hatje / Peter Kaspar ©1975