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Apartment foo-nishing

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mafoofan, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    englade, the carvings are on the underside, that is so bourgeois, you get nothing.
     
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  2. Bounder

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    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.



    +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.
     
  3. dopey

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    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.
     
  4. zalb916

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    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.
     
  5. mafoofan

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    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.
     
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  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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

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    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?
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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  9. imatlas

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    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.
     
  10. zalb916

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

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    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 ....
     
  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    You don't get it.
     
  13. StephenHero

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    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.
     
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  14. zalb916

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    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.
     
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  15. GreenFrog

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    This thread sucks now.
     
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    A friend told me when Mario Testino was in Shanghai for a party, her boyfriend did coke with him in a bathroom and then Testino asked the boyfriend if he wanted to "go somewhere cozy".
     
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  17. StephenHero

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    This thread sucks now? It sucked 62 pages ago.
     
  18. Fuuma

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    Don't you have a powerpoint presentation to update in your BMW?
     
  19. GreenFrog

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    Can't you be at least a bit more creative than that?

    Anyway, this is exactly why this thread sucks. It's just full of big egos trying to shoot each other down with witty one-uppers.

    Time to exit.
     
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  20. imatlas

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    Sorry Foo. zbromer's table may not have the Cappellini Medallion of Authenticity, but his table is still more 'authentic' than yours, even if your table has prettier lines and finer materials. After all, yours is just the mass production version of a table, run off by the thousands in a factory with lousy quality control, while his was hand crafted by its designer.
     
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