Conversation pits are a bit like fondue; totally retro until you revisit them and all of a sudden think, "Mum and dad might have been onto something after all!"
"The 70s are making a comeback in design, now we’re adapting them to suit our modern lifestyles," says Porter Davis designer Patrizia Romeo. "In a world in which we live busy lifestyles, we find ourselves wanting a work/life balance. Providing a warm and cosy environment at home where we can spend time with loved ones and which nurtures our wellbeing has become ever more important to us." Yep, the conversation pit or sunken lounge room is making a major comeback, the question is, are you ready to take the plunge? Here are a few things to consider if you're feeling groovy.
Take a break from technology
"Although technology still plays a major part in our day to day interactions, it has separated us in the way we communicate in person with one another and as a group," says Patrizia. "Creating a conversation pit where you are face-to-face with family and friends without facing a TV but in fact reconnecting with each other is an inviting prospect."
Make it modern with texture and greenery
"The modern take on the conversation pit involves creating a warm and inviting space with the use of textured fabrics, scatter cushions, throws, floor cushions and ottomans, candles, and natural elements such as greenery and warm timber," says Patrizia.
Create a sanctuary
"Provide comfortable furniture where you can sit back and relax: soft, luxurious fabrics are best," says Patrizia. "Form a circle or an organic area where everyone is included, and provide a space that is zoned off from the busy areas of your home like the main kitchen and noisy areas.."
Consider trying one outside
It's hard to resist the allure of this sunken lounge at the Celadon Villa in Koh Samui, Thailand. If the idea of committing to a sunken lounge inside feels a little too scary, they work beautifully in outdoor areas where the primary focus is on lazing around and entertaining.
Make it fun
"I think this fun design element will suit families ... it’s a safe space," says Patrizia. "A space where you can play games together and enjoy each other’s company and create a closer bond with each other."