Luna’s 50’s inspired ukes were influenced by Atomic design, (roughly 1940-1960), when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design, interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period.
Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols.
Atomic particles themselves were reproduced in visual design, in areas ranging from architecture to fabric patterns. The Space Age interests of the public also began showing up in Atomic Age designs, with star and galaxy motifs appearing with the atomic graphics.
Delicate spidery forms and free-form organic shapes also appear as a recurring theme in Atomic Age design reflecting X ray technology and organisms viewed through a microscope.
These designs found their way into all aspects of everyday life. The clock that woke you, the wallpaper you woke up to, the counter top you sat at, the breakfast dishes you ate out of….and was pretty much evident everywhere an Atomic Age citizen looked throughout the rest of their day.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the atomic Designs that were the influence for Luna’s “Daddy-O”, “Radioactive” and “Pink Martini” ukes.
EVERY DAY OBJECTS
Barkscloth Curtain & Upholstery Fabric
Joseph Eichler 50’s Ranch
T Bird with Starburst
Atomic Toy Guns
Space Age Robots
More Space Guns
Space Kid 50’s