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The Ultimate "Contemporary Traditonal" Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mafoofan, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You like it, LK, the St. Tropez?
     
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    It might look like better with a different fabric, like a chartreuse boucle tweed. That beige color is like something from one of those anonymously dull luxury boutiques.
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The word you are looking for is "ConTrad."
     
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    This would've been perfect with a guillotine attached to the back.
     
  5. LabelKing

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  6. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have learned a lot in this thread. Thanks.
     
  7. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I walked past this fountain the other day (by Jerzy Kenar). Is it ConTrad?

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    On one hand, fountains are clearly traditional. On the other hand, this is a very contemporary piece.
     
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    Looks like a nice old room under there somewhere - the panelling, the windows, the shutters, the fire surround, all look like the real thing to me.


    The panelling and ceiling look like they might have a bit of age to them. Not as much as they purport to, but maybe early C20th. Perhaps there was a symmetrical pair of french doors on the right until someone added an extension.
     
  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    ETF,

    To me the second one looks to polished to be old, also the proportions are odd for architecture this grand in the way of paneling. I would expect a higher ceiling and larger doors that are further apart from center. Also, the coffereing would have probably been symmetrical if it was more than just visible beams.
     
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    You probably right, though I have been in similar rooms here in England from the edwardian period, in which the grandiosity of the interior doesn't quite match the proportions of the building (i.e. people back then liked overly grand interiors just like they do today!). Ceilings often just a bit too low, that kind of thing. The very fact it isn't quite right is what made me think it might be old, like a room that's been mucked about with perhaps - if they were commissioning the whole thing from scratch, you might have made it more symmetrical, more perfect. And you could have put the fireplace somewhere where you could place seating around it, for instance - at the moment it's kind of ignored by the furniture. That sienna marble seems a little old fashioned too. I'd say that whoever furnished it was working with a room that was already there at least.
     
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    I agree with that, I think they wanted to do more with it than the prportions would allow. The room just past this immediate one may have been added on after the original construction, since the door placement likely accommodates that back room better than it does this one.

    I'm sort of baffled when furniture placement ignores the fireplace in a sitting room of a place like this.
     
  12. mafoofan

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    WTF

    Please, someone who know's whats going on, post something ConTrad relevant.
     
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    Is this Con Trad or just Con?

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  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think just Con. It looks like mid-90's dot-commer vintage.
     
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    There are many cons to that photo.

    Don't see anything trad in it.
     
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    6 panel georgian style door.
     
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    This thread sucks...
     
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  18. SkinnyGoomba

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    Dopey, pretty sure that description is not con-trad, but I'm sure foo will be here shortly and suggest that I have no idea what's going on.
     
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    That is not necessarily ConTrad, dopey.

    ConTrad is defined by motivation and intent, not by the presence of traditional or contemporary elements alone. Usually, but not always, it is signified by broadly fashionably, contemporary renditions or combinations of traditional furniture and decor. Wholly modern furniture in a traditional setting is unlikely to be ConTrad, as modern furniture is not broadly fashionable. By "modern," I mean of modernist design, not design of contemporary origin.
     
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