The Conversation Pit Is Making a Big Comeback in Homes

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History always has a way of repeating itself, especially when it comes to design and style. And if you’ve never had the opportunity to spend some time in a conversation pit, perhaps you’ll get a chance soon, because these popular designs from the 1950s and 1960s are making a big comeback.


Conversation pits actually date back centuries to ancient China, but they became really hip in the 1950s and 1960s when mid-century modern design was the thing. The idea was for large groups of people to sit together, lounge and relax.


In the 1950s and ’60s, prominent modern architects such as Eero Saarinen began implementing conversation pits in houses and commercial buildings. Many times these features were sunk into the floor, giving the conversation pit an even more relaxed feel.


Many people point to the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, as the conversation pit that got the trend rolling. The 1952 house was designed by Saarinen and Alexander Girard and featured a sunken living room with one long, continuous sofa.

Well, the conversation pit is making a comeback. And rightfully so – just imagine how comfortable that must be! Here are some great examples to feast your eyes on and daydream about.





And then, finally, we have this…I’m drooling…

This is a trend I can get behind!