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Monday, June 8, 2009

"Humble is the new grandeur"

The Millet lamp by Rita Botelho.

At the Dan Marty showroom in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, $600 throw pillows made of old feed sacks are selling at a rate of 24 a month. Kathy Hilton, Wonky Eye McValtrex's mother, just popped in and bought eight.

Welcome to the new age of high-end eco decorating where an old broom is wired to become an $850 floor lamp. It's Cinderella chic!

Kitschmeister Jonathan Adler sees "the trend as the convergence of [...] back-to-nature hippie era; the urban loft aesthetic, which embraces castoff industrial furnishings and found objects; and a growing green consciousness, with an emphasis on recycled materials." Newell Turner, style director of House Beautiful magazine, believes these pieces exude the "romance and pioneer spirit of homesteaders." It's Pioneer Chic!

If Le Hameau de la Reine (Marie Antoinette's faux hamlet of 12 cottages and a mill in the garden of Le Petit Trianon where the queen whiled away her afternoons pretending to be a shepherdess) were to be built today, these would be the furnishings.

A $1600 armchair upholstered in European feed sacks at Colcha in Venice, CA. The recycled burlap cushion is $42; the feed sack pillow $198.

At the Environment Furniture showroom, an armchair upholstered in old truck tarps from Brazil.

22 comments:

nkp said...

That's just bull shit. But whatever, it's their money. I hate that last chair. Anthro had a bench made out of the same crap tarp a while back and I just didn't get it...still don't!

Awesome Sara said...

no. no. no.

House of Slappy said...

Holy shit, these are almost as bad as the $1200 "Feed Me" corset that Alex chick wore on Real Housewives of NY this past season.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

$600 for a cushion that cost them less than $50 to make and will be so itchy scratchy to sit on or near- suffer (thats Aussie as speak!!!) to the suckers who are forking out their not hard earned moolah for them!!
$850 for the broom light - well this I can understand - the people shelling that cash out would most likely have never seen nor used on before - so its just an unusual sculpture for them!!!

Anne (in Reno) said...

Ugh. Insulting AND ugly. It makes me feel much better to not be able to afford stuff like that. It's the pretty stuff I'm sad to not be able to afford. So I guess I'm saying, post more of this stuff? No, no I'm not.

David said...

I've seen the truck tarp upholstery before and I like it. They do simple shapes (a wee bit chunky for me but I could hang) and I think the patches and repairs in the fabric are interesting.

I'm all for turning something old and beautiful into a pillow or cushion, but I'm way too much of a DIY'er to actually buy one of these.

The broom I just find offensive. There's nothing beautiful or clever about it, it's just a broom with a damn lamp stuck up top.

I don't disagree with what Jonathan Adler says, but to Newell Turner I say "Girl, please."

Robin said...

One man's cardboard box is another's $900 coffee table. I accept Visa, Mastercard and AmEx.

Wonky Eye McValtrex - I nearly peed my pants. You are sick and I love it!

Kate said...

I think I may be being over sensitive but I actually find it all a bit offensive. I'm all for recycling but it does seem a bit like 'ironic poverty' except its nothing but crass.
Having said that, Robin, I'm with you, I got a couple of boxes under the bed, they may even have 'ethnic' writing on them.

Debi said...

very ugly - I guess I just don't quite get the look. And as someone mentioned likely to be darn itchy. If you want to live in a barn - live in a barn.

only a movie said...

Pretty offensive in the message it sends... but may make my home finally fashionable.

You are the snarkmeister, Ms. Raina.

xxxooo

ticklishfromadistance said...

Tacky and unnecessary.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

You'd think for $850 they'd figure out a way to run the cord up the damn broom pole.

Tikimama said...

These would be okay if the money these rich idiots spent on them went to the Brazilian truckers or European farmers or American housekeepers that originally used the materials.

erin@designcrisis said...

Duchamp is rolling in his grave right now.

pillow mint said...

and this for $2295.
http://www.danmartydesign.com/products/accessories/item/Framed+Grain+Sack

Raina said...

Pillow Mint - There's one born every minute.

drollgirl said...

barfaroni.

and i used to work at the pacific design center. i fucking hate that place. oh. and they guy that owns the place?. he is a piece of work, but i'll leave it at that.

kate salenfriend said...

the broom beats. Karly, you're so right about the cord. duh. do they mean it as irony?
I immediately thought about using a staple gun and making a sconce from it.
thanks for letting me vent. Makes me appreciate my house full of craigslist and goodwill furniture even more.

Sparker said...

Ridiculous. However, did you see the picture of the office chair covered in burlap? The price was outrageous, but it was quite beautiful. Totally something you could do on your own with a cast off chair.

Raina said...

Kate Salenfriend - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Sparker - Hello to you as well! I did see that office chair. It's harder to get worked up into an indignant froth over the somewhat awesome pieces. ;)

nath said...

oh jesus. please. no.

susieq said...

Ridiculous + offensive. No, no, no.