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post #1861 of 2411
englade, the carvings are on the underside, that is so bourgeois, you get nothing.
post #1862 of 2411
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post

I'm living in China now but I wouldn't say I'm overly familiar with Japanese aesthetics. I do find it quite fascinating though. It's extremely refined to the point of oppression.

I think that pretty much describes Japanese culture generally.

But I do quite like the Japanese aesthetic. It has a coherent philosophy that allows you to apply its principles in moderation and in unexpected contexts. For example, you can make a room "more Japanese" without making it Japanese at all.

By contrast, Chinese art is much more exuberant and, to me, less attractive. Japanese and Chinese art are obviously close kin but you can still almost always spot a hanging scroll painted in Hong Kong versus one done in Japan even when the artist is trying to copy the Japanese style. Unfortunately, the Cultural Revolution was a success as it managed to completely destroy traditional Chinese culture in China proper so we will never know how it might have developed.

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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Which is truly fucking hysterical

I've been there many times and I don't doubt that it was once, and could be again, the near equal of Yosemeti Valley. But if you morons get rid of it you should depopulate Teh City first because you will never be able to replace that supply. Ever.

+1

This has been going on for several years now and it cracks me up. Some people won't be happy until we have returned to hunting and gathering. Well, gathering, anyway, as we would all be vegetarians.
post #1863 of 2411
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Nakashima is very famous around the world now, but many of his tables were purchase by people genuinely interested in his woodworking many years ago. Much of it was purchased for very reasonable prices considering the handwork and wood involved. It's not ridiculous to consider a craftsman's work, in fact there are many people in my area who refuse to offer up their pieces to the auction for genuine enjoyment of them.

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They are very nice to look at, regardless of the price that they bring at auction.
Friends of ours have about a dozen pieces. The wife's family bought directly from Nakashima on an installment plan over many years. It is beautiful and beautifully made.
post #1864 of 2411
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

The story behind the table has to suggest you are an "interesting" person to hipsters and/or liberals.

I have a coffee table that fits this, I think. The top is made from wood from an old barn in Pennsylvania, and the legs are recycled steel tubes. I don't know the provenance of the steel. Liberals like repurposing stuff, right? My wife and I found a young furniture maker in Lynchburg, Va. He had recently quit his "boring corporate life" (his words) to restore a 19th century church and pursue his passion of making furniture from reclaimed wood and metal. Living in a shitty post-industrial town and eschewing a "normal" career to do something quirky, artistic, and eco-conscious. Pretty appealing for hipsters, right?

We were in the market for a custom-made table, because we had very particular dimensions that we could not find in a store bought table. His stuff looked decent and was not particularly expensive. The modern/industrial look seemed to go well with the rest of our decor. Voila! A coffee table enjoyed by liberal and hipters.
post #1865 of 2411
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Originally Posted by englade321 View Post

I present for your inspection a Heywood Wakefield coffee table,purchased by my parents in the mid 50s as part of a set , the bottom of which bears the etchings of three generations of englade321 toddlers Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Gotta be a couple foo points

I agree with Manton: that the etchings are only on the underside marks the table as decidedly bourgeois, and thus distinctly not "interesting." If you truly own something, rather than merely possess it, you would not feel the need to conceal your usage. Thus, this table does not pass the StephenHero bar: a thing not merely acquired by commercial transaction or held by legal right, but "honestly" owned by the owner.
post #1866 of 2411
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Originally Posted by zbromer View Post

I have a coffee table that fits this, I think. The top is made from wood from an old barn in Pennsylvania, and the legs are recycled steel tubes. I don't know the provenance of the steel. Liberals like repurposing stuff, right? My wife and I found a young furniture maker in Lynchburg, Va. He had recently quit his "boring corporate life" (his words) to restore a 19th century church and pursue his passion of making furniture from reclaimed wood and metal. Living in a shitty post-industrial town and eschewing a "normal" career to do something quirky, artistic, and eco-conscious. Pretty appealing for hipsters, right?

We were in the market for a custom-made table, because we had very particular dimensions that we could not find in a store bought table. His stuff looked decent and was not particularly expensive. The modern/industrial look seemed to go well with the rest of our decor. Voila! A coffee table enjoyed by liberal and hipters.

Eww. I hate your table, I hate the guy who made it, and I hate this story.
post #1867 of 2411
Not sure how I missed this fine thread. I'm too lazy to read back through. Is there a pic of the final product somewhere, or do the debates still rage?
post #1868 of 2411
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Originally Posted by Big A View Post

Not sure how I missed this fine thread. I'm too lazy to read back through. Is there a pic of the final product somewhere, or do the debates still rage?

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post #1869 of 2411
In all seriousness, it's a very attractive room. I'd angle that one lamp away from the couch, though. Top lighting is very unflattering - it makes people look old and tired. Unless of course that is your goal.
post #1870 of 2411
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Eww. I hate your table, I hate the guy who made it, and I hate this story.

It's a wood table with metal legs. It's pretty inoffensive.
post #1871 of 2411
Room looks good. I'd lose the orbs and pick up a decent painting to add a bit of color / visual interest to the wall. Also, is that the same couch you had? Looks lighter

Im not going to pretend to be a furniture nerd, but I'd say the design and layout aren't exactly controversial. That must explain why this thread is *only* 1872 posts long ....
post #1872 of 2411
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Originally Posted by zbromer View Post

It's a wood table with metal legs. It's pretty inoffensive.

You don't get it.
post #1873 of 2411
Instead of using a shade to diffuse the grotesque LED light away from the walls so that it might actually be pleasant to sit in the living room, I like how foo keeps the gimmicky studio lamp handy just in case Mario Testino asks to borrow his sofa for a Princess Diana photoshoot.
post #1874 of 2411
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

You don't get it.

No, I do. My description was tongue-in-cheek, like your response. I know what my table is, and I understand the nature of your response. This whole schtick is just not particularly clever.
post #1875 of 2411
This thread sucks now.
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