Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

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  1. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Senior member

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    Sorta like.....McDonald's

    The "lasting effect" in question would be....boring.

    If you want something that is just as ubiquitous and iconic, yet always "works", get a Wassily chair and a Tizio lamp.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Right, because both of those are truly refreshing.
     
  3. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Senior member

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    No they aren't.

    But then again, it wasn't intended as such either.

    I was simply giving a couple of examples of classic designs that haven't lost their contemporary mojo. You always could, and still can, place a Wassily or Tizio in pretty much any environment (and the more out of context the better)...and achieve a sophisticated contemporary look.

    Eames designs are dated and lack the same effect. Nothing wrong with that if that's the look you want. But if I were going for that dated look, there are too much far better designs from that era to choose from.
     
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    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I'm not waiving the flag for Eames, but a curated modernist interior has not changed much and Eames is still part of it. Working this stuff into any interior is going to rely heavily on material choice.

    Much like interiors as a whole, to avoid being dated in a bad way often comes down to material choice.
     
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    freshcutgrass Senior member

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    I think the curated part is where you can run into trouble. But I've rarely, if ever, seen a sophisticated interior (modernist or otherwise...curated or not) that included anything by Eames. The only place I've seen Eames look like it belongs, is in period-specific environments like one of those Case Study houses. And I don't care for those. Similarly, I also don't like Nelson designs either. What comes to mind when I hear MCM...is that "Atomic" design aesthetic. It just isn't my thing.

    40's/50's design that's much better would be along the lines of Royère, Prouve, Parzinger, Mouille, Perriand, etc, etc, etc. But the probelm with that stuff is price. People (especially young people) love Eames chairs because they are cheap. But they want to be even cheaper and get the cheap knock-offs.

    People desire to put an Eames chair in their space for the same reason 20 year olds have full beards and cover their arms in stupid tattoos....they think it's cool. But I've never seen any actual cool people who have an Eames chair in their space. And I hate to drop this bomb on people...but real cool people never get tattoos.
     
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  6. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    So say you had a wall similar to this but sans flatscreen (art instead or a blank wall):

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    If you wanted a reading area with two chairs with ottoman for reading, facing the fireplace, what would look good and be comfy for reading?
     
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  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    FCG,

    I enjoy most of the other stuff you mention, and also dislike the 'atomic' look, but I'm not willing to condemn Eames. Of their entire catalog of works I like the ELO and Eames aluminum group.

    For a period of time I was really turned off on a few things because they were made overly popular by AD and interior design magazines, but really, why should I discard what I enjoy because it's in the limelight for the moment?

    Also, I couldn't give a shit about being 'cool'.
     
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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Ojfc
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I had no idea being cool was such serious business.
     
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    That is the most pretentious post I have ever read on this forum and there are a lot of them.
     
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    freshcutgrass Senior member

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    Being cool is effortless.

    Trying to be cool is serious business.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Also serious business is telling people what is and is not cool.
     
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    I assure you I was employing candor and humour...not pretence.
     
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    Only if I care if you agree with me.
     

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