MAIN – HGTV’s efforts to transform the home of the iconic Brady Bunch series prompted the question: What were the worst design flops of the past half-century? Supplied When HGTV announced plans to team up all six of the Brady Bunch siblings with its design all-stars to transform the infamous ranch home that provided the 1970s-era show’s exterior shots for a new series, A Very Brady Renovation promised a trip down memory lane that included groovy design trends like orange laminate countertops. Of course, that begged the question: What are some of the worst design trends of the last decades? Turns out, electronics manufacturer Samsung wanted to know too, commissioning a survey of home design disasters to mark last year’s launch of TVs featuring technology that enables the TV to blend seamlessly into the home environment – thereby eliminating at least one home décor headache: a large, ugly blank screen. Toilet rugs and furry toilet seat covers, taxidermy and avocado-coloured bathrooms were crowned the biggest furnishing fails of the past 50 years. Some of our favourite designers accepted our invitation to comment on the trends. “We had oversized pink leather recliner sofas w...