Apartment foo-nishing

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

  1. StephenHero

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    I'm not qualified to play dollhouse. Maybe call Sally for help.


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  2. mafoofan

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    Wow, you're an obnoxious fuck.
     


  3. Superfluous

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    I think the throw is ugly regardless of style. However, the rest of it isn't my style either, but maybe it is more Manhattan-like. Regardless, for that particular style, I do like the couch.
     
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  4. StephenHero

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    Honest to God, what are you looking for? Can you comprehend how contrived all this is? Interiors aren't difficult:


    1. Take a space.

    2. Add the necessary functional tools of living.

    3. Live in it.

    4. Let beautiful objects accumulate themselves.

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  5. mafoofan

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    Unfortunately, I can't say what's Manhattan-like or not. This is just the style we like.
     


  6. SkinnyGoomba

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    A gaggle of posters made suggestions in regard to your chair questions, everyone's suggestions were batted away. What do you actually expect to accomplish? What do i think? You have planned a bunch of mismatched stuff with names on it and no amout of suggestions will stop you.
     
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  7. mafoofan

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    Isn't any design inherently contrived, including how one arranges a room? If achieving a nice interior were as rote as you make it sound, everyone's house would be stunning. Certainly, you understand this. In the first place, selecting furniture is not always a matter of piece-by-piece accumulation. Sometimes, new circumstances call for more rapid acquisition. In our case, we are keeping nearly all of our original things, but need to fill a larger apartment, and replace certain pieces that have broken or are no longer relevant. Second, the ways two different people arrange the same furniture can create completely different spaces. Third, just as in how we dress, color, texture, proportion, etc., must be brought together in a beautiful way.

    Obviously there are limitations to looking at a drawn diagram (though it is all to scale, thank you very much). Still, it's hard for me to fathom a person with a good sense of space who is not good at abstract thinking. Surely you can do better than to throw up your hands because I didn't go out and buy all the furniture and take photos of the real setup first. At the very least, the colors, textures, and spacing are well-represented.

    In short, while I didn't give you everything, I gave you a lot more than nothing.
     
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  8. Teger

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    everything looks mismatched and garish. you also don't have bookshelves, which seems like hell. i like your coffee table though.
     


  9. StephenHero

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    Good interiors are honest representations of one's domestic life, and the pursuits of happiness and beauty that take place in them. The end. A bad interior is a dishonest representation of one's domestic life, in which artifacts of one's pursuits of happiness and beauty are undisclosed for the sake of some fake effort in representing an idealized domestic life that isn't lived. The end.

    Your exercise in decorating comes from a belief that a beautiful interior can be created independently of your actual living habits, which none of us know about, hence our inability to decorate your home for you, and the ridiculousness of your belief that we can help you.

    This is a beautiful interior. Why? Because there's a tangible sense of honesty in its design.

    Somebody took a room.

    They realized they might like to sit in it, so they added a chair.

    The realized they might like to sit with somebody else, so they added another chair.

    They realized they might need something to set things related to their sitting on, so they added a table.

    They realized plants are beautiful, so they added a plant.

    They realized plants need sun, so they put the plant by the window.

    Done.

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  10. mafoofan

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    You're making zero sense and projecting a terrible prejudice.

    In the case of the photo you posted, you assume there is a reason all the things are placed and infer, to the best of your ability, why. However, when looking at what I've arranged, you start with the profoundly baffling premise that we are not driven by our own living habits. Why on earth would you start from such a self-defeating position?

    So, stop being obtuse, and use your proven powers of divination. Here are some helpful hints: the seating is for sitting, arranged such as to face a TV (for watching TV), and there are a couple of tables (for using--as tables).

    By the way, interiors like the ones you post are the most likely to be "contrived." After all, they are usually parts of huge homes where the owners can afford to create interesting, dramatic spaces out of rooms that they don't need to perform more utilitarian functions. Don't get me wrong--they are often quite beautiful. However, if you think they simply reflect "actual living habits," you've been drinking too much of someone's Kool-Aid. Also, don't forget to discount the effect of good photography. You are not looking at a room--just a professional photo of one.

    If your taste is all that, you should be able to do more with less information. Much of what's important is right in front of you.
     
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  11. StephenHero

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    If you need more explanation, let's take your rug. You've given us the size and the pattern. You're asking us to judge if it "fits" your room, but if we want to judge whether that rug is an honest representation of a domestic life in pursuit of beauty/health/etc. (and thus beautiful in itself), you've failed to tell us what we really need to know about it, which is how it is made and what it's made of. Since it's a geometric pattern, that could potentially reference the manufacturing technique, alluding to the weaving process and the design limitations that process imposes on the designer. But we don't know. Maybe it's a rug that was printed in some new mechanical means in which the pattern doesn't correspond to the manufacturing process and its [lack of] limitations. That could potentially leave us with a deceptive rug that disingenuously presents itself as something that it is not, and all the potential beauty we could recognize in the truthfulness of the manufacturing process to be seen in that rug is lost. So therefore, I can't have a judgment about that rug, and its "cohesion" with the rest of the room is a jump to a conclusion we can't yet make.
     
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  12. mafoofan

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    I'm fairly confident of my own taste, Stephen. So, I agree, it takes a more considered understanding of a thing to truly judge it. However, you are always working from limited information. You don't have as much detailed information about the interiors your post as you demand to know about my rug, yet you find something to admire in them nonetheless.

    Yes, the rug could be a total misfire. However, that is a possibility you can account for. There is more information in front of you than none. Surely you can do better.
     


  13. StephenHero

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    Every shitty interior is a poorly disguised effort of vanity. I've yet to hear what we're supposed to infer about your life that you're incapable of accounting for in putting together your living space. Until that happens, our judgment of your living room's vanity is just.....vain.

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  14. mafoofan

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    Dude, you post photos of interiors without ever discussing how they are used. When you do discuss something, it's inference.

    In other words, you see what you like to.
     


  15. StephenHero

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    Then let's take this fucking room as an example. Let's assume this room was arranged as an honest representation of the owners' lives and their honest pursuits of happiness and beauty. We can assume the following about them:

    1. They keep their deep-fryer under their coffee table, because they deep fry in the living room.

    2. Their reading list develops out of an insistence that the books be bound mono-chromatically, because they've learned good books are grey books.

    3. The like to transport their books, so they rest them in a metal pail they'll transport them later in.

    4. They once had a plant, but it died, so a memento of it sits on their books. They remove the memento of their dead plant when they wish to read.

    5. One rug just isn't protective enough.

    6. They like Roman pottery, but not the real Roman pottery. They prefer the postmodern ones made in China for forty dollars each, which can be aggressively aged the archaeological equivalent of 2,000 years in 20 minutes.

    7. Real eggs spoil, but fake ones don't, so they keep some on their coffee table in case Easter shows up early.

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    If you can find interiors which hint of disingenuous arrangement, then you've found "decorated" interiors, and thus bad ones. The ones I post are overwhelmingly indicative of honest living, to the best of my perception. Yours isn't one of them.
     
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