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Who else wants conversation pits to come back?

I was born in the 90s, but my moms best friend had a convo pit in her house and I was always in love with hanging out in it as a kid.

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by Anonymousreply 64December 18, 2017 5:10 PM

Like a cushy hot tub without the water. Looks like a great place to pass around a joint, but going by the looks of it, the only way to get in is by stepping on the seat cushions (those steps leading in and out are only on the one side). Yes, I know how much of a fussy queen I sound like.

by Anonymousreply 1December 18, 2017 12:24 AM


Macramé, too.

by Anonymousreply 2December 18, 2017 12:42 AM

Hell yes!

by Anonymousreply 3December 18, 2017 12:42 AM

I want one out in a pond, where no one can hear your secret, plotting conversations in the pit.

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by Anonymousreply 4December 18, 2017 5:51 AM

A lot of the remodeled MCM houses in LA are keeping them or adding one. They are fab!

by Anonymousreply 5December 18, 2017 6:08 AM

I never heard of these but mosquitoes would eat everyone alive in the r4 one.

by Anonymousreply 6December 18, 2017 6:18 AM

They're fabulous. For maximum effect, you'd need cigarettes and some sort of awful 1970s cocktail.

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by Anonymousreply 7December 18, 2017 6:24 AM

I didn’t know these existed! Why was I not informed of this earlier??! It’s a fab idea, except I don’t talk much. It’d be a great serenity area as well.

by Anonymousreply 8December 18, 2017 6:46 AM

What decade were these popular?

by Anonymousreply 9December 18, 2017 6:51 AM

But people today wouldn’t actually converse—they’d be staring at their fucking phones and tap, tap, tapping.

by Anonymousreply 10December 18, 2017 7:04 AM

I think those steps by the window are for escape by suicide

by Anonymousreply 11December 18, 2017 7:10 AM

I grew up in a house that had one, until my mother had the house redone in the 90s.

It was all white. The seats were velvet, and I think I went in that room half a dozen times without close supervision when I lived at home. No one smoked, but there were cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails.

by Anonymousreply 12December 18, 2017 7:11 AM

R9: 60s and 70s. My mother was a bride in '72 and had it made when they built the house.

by Anonymousreply 13December 18, 2017 7:12 AM

Today you would need USB charging outlets in the pit.

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by Anonymousreply 14December 18, 2017 7:12 AM

I'd rather have a conversation about this pit

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by Anonymousreply 15December 18, 2017 7:13 AM

I went to a newly built secondary school in the 1980s and we had a few in the library. We thought we were very modern and adult, sitting around in the pit discussing the latest Judy Blume.

by Anonymousreply 16December 18, 2017 7:31 AM

No one! Homes that have a spilt level floor plan do not sale. It costs a fortune to redo, you have to ripe up the entire floor and try to level it off.

by Anonymousreply 17December 18, 2017 7:40 AM

R17) Not true.

Beautiful split level homes sale w/o a problem.

by Anonymousreply 18December 18, 2017 8:58 AM

Oops, I'm thinking of homes with a lower level room by a step or two.

by Anonymousreply 19December 18, 2017 9:00 AM

Pretty candy purple:

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by Anonymousreply 20December 18, 2017 9:21 AM

Are these the same thing as sunken living rooms? As a child of the 80s and 90s I guess I missed out on them, but I think they look cool. How could you NOT have dinner parties with one of those in the middle of your house?

How common were they in the 60s and 70s? Strictly for the wealthy or did middle class folks have them, too?

by Anonymousreply 21December 18, 2017 9:22 AM

Wow, the first thing I think of looking at the pic at r20's link is, imagine how much stuff is going to get lost how quickly and irretrievably in between all those purple cushions!

The second thing is, when the nosy neighbors or the deranged killer come looking for me, they're going to see exactly where to find me in that pit from miles away.

by Anonymousreply 22December 18, 2017 9:32 AM

HA. R22 - it does seem like the perfect setting for a horror film.

by Anonymousreply 23December 18, 2017 9:53 AM

I remember a 70s apt building that had one in the main lobby.

by Anonymousreply 24December 18, 2017 10:21 AM

Conversation pits making a comeback

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by Anonymousreply 25December 18, 2017 11:27 AM

That is hideous, R25.

by Anonymousreply 26December 18, 2017 12:01 PM

How do you watch TV?

by Anonymousreply 27December 18, 2017 12:44 PM

The one with the stereo is funny. They were so excited about the stereo.

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by Anonymousreply 28December 18, 2017 12:47 PM

the stereo one

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by Anonymousreply 29December 18, 2017 12:47 PM

Waste o'space unless you have a lot of company. So yeah, where's the television?

by Anonymousreply 30December 18, 2017 12:48 PM

Geez, gramps R30, nobody uses TV anymore, we all have a phone remember?

by Anonymousreply 31December 18, 2017 12:51 PM

It’s not to replace media/tv rooms, right?

It looks like a dedicated area for face-to-face gatherings for those with social skills.

by Anonymousreply 32December 18, 2017 12:56 PM

R28's pic seems like a good compromise for the TV viewing. Kind of like a 3/4 conversation pit.

by Anonymousreply 33December 18, 2017 12:58 PM

[quote]It looks like a dedicated area for face-to-face gatherings for those with social skills.

Yes. It couldn't be done now.

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by Anonymousreply 34December 18, 2017 12:59 PM

I've always wanted one. We also had them in my elementary school (early 80s). I love the ones built around a fireplace, like this.

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by Anonymousreply 35December 18, 2017 1:00 PM

They went away for a reason. They are a bitch to keep clean. Really very high maintenance. They aren't that practical unless you have meeting regularly... or key swapping parties. For day-to-day living, the family avoided them. Either, you felt that you were on display, the separation of the conversation pit sort of gives one the feeling of being in a shop window, or worse because everyone is literally looking down on you, or you have the uncomfortable feeling of sitting across from someone that one is not really engaged with.

by Anonymousreply 36December 18, 2017 1:13 PM

I had no idea these were a thing. I really want one now - are they mainly in the US? I'm in the UK and very few houses have living space that would accommodate these.

These type of threads are why I love DL, everyday is a school day.

by Anonymousreply 37December 18, 2017 1:13 PM

I dunno, I look at them and think orgy pit......

by Anonymousreply 38December 18, 2017 1:15 PM

R38, you think correctly. See may comment about key swapping parties.

by Anonymousreply 39December 18, 2017 1:16 PM

There are more photos at the R25 and R28 links.

by Anonymousreply 40December 18, 2017 1:48 PM

R36 that's bs - the real reason is because people don't have discussions anymore they stare at the tv, computer or phone.

by Anonymousreply 41December 18, 2017 2:12 PM

The name speaks for itself.

by Anonymousreply 42December 18, 2017 2:19 PM

R41, no. Conversation pits fell out of favor long before cellphones, computers, and video games. They came into existence when every house had a TV. You argument is rubbish. It is simply repeating a tired old whine.

by Anonymousreply 43December 18, 2017 2:22 PM

dear god I hate throw pillows.

by Anonymousreply 44December 18, 2017 2:26 PM

The pit at r35 is useless without tables

I have a Firepit in my backyard similar to these. Hardly use it

by Anonymousreply 45December 18, 2017 2:39 PM

[quote]Geez, gramps [R30], nobody uses TV anymore, we all have a phone remember?

You really watch TV on your phone? Really?

by Anonymousreply 46December 18, 2017 3:05 PM

[quote]the real reason is because people don't have discussions anymore they stare at the tv, computer or phone.

Anyone who thinks this is a " tired old whine," r43, has not met my friend Wayne.

by Anonymousreply 47December 18, 2017 3:08 PM

Very middle class.

by Anonymousreply 48December 18, 2017 3:09 PM

R12, who grew up with one in the house built by a Suburban Chicago (Evanston) Perfect Wife.

There was no television in this room, but there was a stereo system in a wall, with table that extended with the push of a button. A record player would come out, the LPs were below.

My father was a surgeon, and my mother was a Stepford Wife without being a robot. They entertained several times a month, with cocktails, cocktails, cocktails and "unique" appetizers. My mother was known for her parties, and a Saturday night started on Wednesday: getting the house, food, help, and self ready. always a new cocktail dress and "hostess" apron. They weren't key parties, and orgies would have messed up the white velvet couches. I don't think my parents ever had sex in the room. My mother wouldn't have, and my father would never have dreamed of asking her for anything but bedroom. She wouldn't allow a hot tub because she felt it would lead to "bad hygiene", which was code for people might fuck in it.

There wasn't a velvet rope on the room, but there may as well be one. One time my younger sister spilled something on the carpet, when in the room unsupervised, and I think that may have been the only time she was spanked.

I wish i had been able to have an orgy in there, but I was closeted until college, when they sold it, and there was always someone home anyway.

Thanks, I just had a nice stroll down memory lane, when everything was more glamorous with cocktail carts, wedding crystal, and conversation, with Rosemary Clooney or Henry Mancini playing in the background. Nixon was gone, and things seemed like they might be good again one day.

by Anonymousreply 49December 18, 2017 3:15 PM

You summed up the era beautifully, r49.

by Anonymousreply 50December 18, 2017 3:19 PM

It seems like it would get disgusting after awhile, with dirt and insects and ass cheeks.

by Anonymousreply 51December 18, 2017 3:22 PM

R49, more likely Ferrnate and Teicher or the 1000 Strings with the mandatory Tapestry album to be relevant.

by Anonymousreply 52December 18, 2017 3:23 PM

The only one I ever saw in person, in a house, was covered with little burns from weed.

by Anonymousreply 53December 18, 2017 3:24 PM

1/3 of a WW for r52.

by Anonymousreply 54December 18, 2017 3:24 PM

In OP's pic, wtf is that giant red flag? What an odd choice of decor and what an odd place to hang it.

by Anonymousreply 55December 18, 2017 3:27 PM

R51, my mother had the couches & carpet professionally cleaned once a month.

by Anonymousreply 56December 18, 2017 3:27 PM

R20 is for loafers and layabouts.

I do not approve.

by Anonymousreply 57December 18, 2017 3:39 PM

Looks like it would turn into an orgy pit in a jiffy.

by Anonymousreply 58December 18, 2017 3:58 PM

That pit would REEK of bleach in no time!

by Anonymousreply 59December 18, 2017 4:18 PM

David Bowie and his exwife Angie had one of these in the early 70's which supposedly was used for orgies. Never seen a picture of one before though and didn't realise they were a common thing.

by Anonymousreply 60December 18, 2017 4:25 PM

Proper Conversation Pit Wear....

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by Anonymousreply 61December 18, 2017 4:35 PM

Yes r61! You won't get me to say it.

by Anonymousreply 62December 18, 2017 4:48 PM

If you scroll down the page at r25 it looks like the one at r20 with stairs.

by Anonymousreply 63December 18, 2017 5:01 PM

May I bring my conversation pit bull?

by Anonymousreply 64December 18, 2017 5:10 PM
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