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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Let's discuss these chairs

House Beautiful.

34 comments:

Tonia {Chic Modern Vintage} said...

Why?

Kerry said...

As in...measure twice, cut once??

nkp said...

This really bothers me. No sarcasm here at all. I cringed the first time I saw these. The room is beautiful, collected overtime, oozing character. And then there are these skeletal remains. They remind me of that Bodies exhibit. Or perhaps Silence of the Lambs. Ugh, I shudder. These are not thoughts I'd want to have over dinner.

Not charming, or ironic, or whimsical. Just dumb. And not Jenny's kinda dumb either.

*shudder*

Mrs Woog said...

I would call the finish LAZY

Can just imagine trying to get the weetbix out of them at the front, and the lego fished out of the back. BLROUGHGOUGG

NEXT!

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Hmm. I'd rather not.

susieq said...

I'm all for a little weirdness in a room, but I totally ditto nkp. It's just too much.

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

I think I need more coffee first.

Sharon

Cashon&Co said...

call me crazy, but i like it. When theres a little tension in the room or if something is a little "off" it makes the design that much more interesting to me. And why not? It gets a conversation flowing. It fits with the rest of the room, nothing about it is refined or conventional.

ModernSauce said...

I agree with Cashon&Co that I like something a little "off" in a room but this room seemed interesting enough without the exposed innards. Also I can feel the hand of the designer making a conscious decision to leave the backs open and "off" seems to work better when it happens by chance.

The Zhush said...

I think a fun and unexpected fabric on the back may have accomplished whatever the goal was here, without setting off all my OCD bells. Right there with Mrs. Woog, envisioning all the crap and sticky substances that will get caught back there, not to mention the dust!

Design Junkie said...

if it felt like it had happened organically on a single chair or two ala john derian, maybe, but here it's too stagey...it's like those bland designers at hgtv (redundant, i know) who pull out a can of acid green paint because they want to add an "edgy" element...

Marija said...

I think it's contrived. Sure, a lot of decorating is, but this on all 6 chairs...not for me. Ditto NKP and Mrs. Woog & Zhush on the cleanliness thing.

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

I hated them when I saw them in HB. Hate. Capital H.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Kinda weird. Too bad too because I'm liking most of the room otherwise.

The Shiny Pebble said...

I think I would have loved them if the wooden pieces in the back had been stained dark like the legs. That would make it deliberately contrived. And I like that.

mb said...

Lovely room. Gimmicky chairs. Thumbs down.

mb from Dallas

GiniGL said...

I think it's just oh so sad that their decorating budget ran out before they could get those chairs finished.

Vickie H. said...

I don't care for this "look" at all! It just misses the mark in my book.

my favorite and my best said...

i ADORE this room...the shape of the room is sublime!!! that hutch, that lantern...oh my...but i FUCKING HATE THOSE CHAIRS!!!!!!!!!!!
i want to emulate this room but those chairs make me want to push grannys wheelchair off a cliff and then point and laugh..

Bromeliad said...

It made me stop and look.

I thought it was kind of interesting, like the inside of a piano.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

They could have been amazing. I agree with the tension in the room, the room is spectacular. Not sold on the chair though. xx

Jessica said...

no thank you - it's like fingernails on a blackboard to my eyes

The Down East Dilettante said...

Um, yeah, sure....

Puhleeze. A little desuetude is good for atmosphere, but this is stagey and contrived...'look at me'

The Subtle Rudder said...

Love everything in the room except the chairs. They give me the same skeeves as the endless overpriced shops in '90s San Francisco, selling rusty things to rich people. The more "patina," the higher the price tag. I think these chairbacks are meant to look like cello skeletons, so I get where he was going, but bleah. It's like a poofy dress with an ass cut-out.

Also, they're a little overstuffety for me.

www.thesubtlerudder.com

david john said...

raina you are a sadist.:)

Sketch42 said...

They look pornographic or skeletal. OR like yucky surgery equipment, or like lobotomies. CREEPY.

Petra Voegtle said...

Absolutely creepy - my first reaction was EEEK!
I honestly do not understand what the interior designer had in mind here. It simply does not make sense. I'd rather see some plastic chairs if the idea was to shock but this - looks simply unfinished....

hosenfish said...

I actually like how the chairs carry the gold/tan from the chandelier and the tart on the table down to the rug. Plus it adds character to the room. I kinda thought you would've liked that addition as the room's pretty damn boring without that detail.

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drollgirl said...

er, WTF?!

Raina Cox said...

GiniGL and Vivkie H. - Hello to you both and welcome to this deliciousness!

Raina Cox said...

Vickie H. - Sorry about that "typo"!

sherri said...

no good.

susan said so said...

I'm late to the party here, but no.

xox,
Susan

Raina Cox said...

Susan Said So - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!