A Modern Living Room in a New York City condominium. Image of a modern white leather sofa and carpet and the TV set.
During the 1950s and 60s, the bachelor pad was considered one of the ultimate possessions for a young career-minded man. For much of the early 20th century, the female presence in the home dominated while it was a man's responsibility to become the breadwinner. In the 1950s, men's attitudes about marriage changed with the representation and openness of sexuality featured on-screen. At this point, the thought of being single was welcomed, and most men felt comfortable to court a number of women freely. The bachelor pad then became a symbol of the 1950s cosmopolitan male, and a typical pad included: a bar, an array of artwork, furniture (usually designed by a well-known architect), minimal decór, and a Hi-fi system for entertaining. It reflected his awareness of culture and the arts, while at the same time it acted as a lure for potential female visitors- which meant it was usually clean.