I love high-end '70s design.
Yea...you definitely have to separate high design from mainstream. It was a very decadent decade, where things were either very bad...or very good. But I don't find the "70's" a fluid decade in terms of style...the early 70's were more of a wind-down from the late 60's, or a "blank" transition period, whereas the late 70's/early 80's were more of a coherent period of design. The period of 1977-1982 stands out as a very distinct era of style for me. I also think AIDS had a much bigger effect on style than people give it credit for.
I like the 70's, because despite it being labeled as the decade that taste forgot
, at least it was original, as opposed to the overly retro-inspired era we have lived in for some time now. It seems we are indeed putting fresh ideas and designs out there, which is good...because we are running out of bad 70's tv shows to re-make into films.