02 March 2010

This looks uncomfortable


This is from a two-year-old back issue of Metropolitan Home. You can see where this place and who the perpetrators are by following the link.

I think the place is a nightmare. The only thing missing is a big sign that says "stay away." How do you make people comfortable in your home if they're afraid to wrinkle the upholstery?


33 comments:

  1. Oh, c'mon! You know if your invited over you'd have to sit on the giant hand (I would)

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  2. Modernemama - TOTALLY!

    I would be bouncing up and down shrieking "It's grabbing my tuchus!"

    Because I'm actually 12 years old.

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  3. AS Jonathan and Simon glared at you. Then they'd pull out a steel folding chair and say "Maybe you'd be more comfortable on this." Ugh.

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  4. It would give me great pains to be in a place like that...might even become nauseous

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  5. I wonder of you're allowed to eat when you're visiting.

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  6. It looks like a set from THX1138

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  7. Wow Nim, that's really reaching back in time. My friend Nancie summed it up perfectly on Facebook when she wrote, "That's not decorating, that's set design."

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  8. I'm a big fan of the dystopian film and literature and that's *the* classic :) Besides.. that expanse of white? that's TOTALLY what it looks like!

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  9. And I love the word "dystopian." You know, I wouldn't hate this so much if they'd gone for Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

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  10. Hahahah!! I knew it was Jonathan Adler!! First of all, who wants to sit in a massive hand?? And I'm all for pulling furniture away from the walls, but the sofa in the middle of the room with the teeny-tiny orange table in front of it looks lost.

    Is that a planter with boobs under the TV??

    I do like the raindrop artwork above the sofa in picture #2, though.

    Kelly

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  11. Just put it on something other than a white wall. Please.

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  12. I am also 12 and would sit on the hand. Additionally, I would ask whether or not the orange plastic giraffe on the table had pooped the green apples/limes/orbs, and did they go into the hand on the table first. Photo #2 is just freaking pointy.

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  13. I never thought about the placement of the giraffe but you bing up a good point.

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  14. Ooo!Last photo caption:

    "And we raise our hands to the gods that the little orange coffee table grows healthy and strong (but mostly bigger) and that brains will no longer be scooped to make way for orchids..."

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  15. I think we're just too sophisticated to get this.

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  16. Are those golden hand chairs designed by Pedro Friedeberg? Looks like they could be...

    Photo styling-wise and I sincerely, with all my heart hope that this is a photo styling faux pas and not just bad design - that giraffe in the unfortunate position over that green fruit- seriously? It just screams don't publish this photo...yet someone thought it was okay.

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  17. Good eye Carmen, they are Friedebergs and originals at that. Despite the pedigree these rooms come off like a set rather than a place to live. Despite the unfortunate placement of the giraffe and fruitbowl, it's all too styled.

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  18. Aside from the Friedeberg chairs and the white buffet (by screen), I'm not a fan of the decor (I prefer to see rooms with charisma and personality - both of which are quite absent from this room) but magazine photo stylists do set up the shoot to look like perfection akin to "still-life instead of real-life". Perhaps Adler isn't completely to blame for the design crime committed in this over-stylized room?

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  19. I have to say it...I want the hand chairs!

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  20. Adler is always to blame Carmen. Always.

    Nancy: I had a boss at an ad agency who had those Friedeburg chairs in his office. Any time I see them I feel like I'm in trouble.

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  21. Naughty people! I never thought about the giraffe and the apples!

    The main problem is that Rental White, isn't it? But the flooring is so pallid -- it would be hard to pick a wall colour that looks good with it.

    I actually rather like the cosy 1970s lounge room with the brown, avocado and orange, but it's probably just bringing back memories of childhood!

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  22. Pallid is the perfect word. These rooms are in a condominium in Florida and I can tell you that those floors are terrazzo, a Florida specialty. Using a wall color other than white would make warm up the place significantly and make the floors appear to be less sterile.

    I have a fondness for '70s campy stuff too and it's rooted in my childhood. However Jonathan Adler has a misanthropic cleverness in his use of those colors and shapes that leaves me cold.

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  23. Paul, Thanks for the early evening laugh: "Adler is always to blame Carmen. Always." - so needed a cheerful moment after this hectic, frantic day :)

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  24. Hah hah! Glad I could take off the edge.

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  25. No white walls in my house!! And how about this -- I just painted a ceiling Bittersweet Chocolate :-)

    I didn't notice the green giraffe poop on the table. Guess I was too traumatized by the boobie planter.

    Kelly

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  26. Actually, I checked out over the three blind mice and Liza Minelli pillows.

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  27. Comfort is #1, no matter how beautiful the piece!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  29. OOPs!!! Wanted to edit my comment but I guess I wiped it out.

    Some designers are so acclaimed yet their designs appeal to a very very narrow slice of the market. I have to keep reminding myself that if they please their client then they have done a good job. The "market" is always the test. Anyways, my thoughts on stilettos... should be on shoes not chairs :) Cheers Christine

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  30. I've always thought that a designer's signature look shouldn't be immediately obvious. The trick is to channel the client's sensibilities and guide them gently to something that can be seen as a signature look as you glance through a portfolio. But what do I know? I'm just some schmoe in St. Petersburg. Maybe I'd be a schmoe in New York or LA if I worked on forcing my clients to adopt my sensibilities. Hmmm.

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  31. What is with the giraffe's appearing in all the bad designs??? If I recall you posted that creepy kids room stuff with a giraffe in the images too. I am becoming giraffaphobic.

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  32. They are an Adler thing unfortunately.

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