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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Am I the only one who doesn't get it?

T Magazine's The Moment blog.

I may have a new contender to replace Z-gads as an on-going query into iffy design - the interiors of Rita Konig. Like Z Gallerie, the work of British expat decorator Rita Konig confounds me. Now, I'm not comparing Zoinks' Guido version of mid-century modern to Konig's "Me Mum's a famous decorator therefore I can get away with throwing random shite together and making Deborah Needleman damp." They are two very different looks. It's just that I don't understand the appeal of either.

[The New York Times T Magazine's The Moment blog]

23 comments:

Anne (in Reno) said...

The $800 worth of "small, frivolous things" is what gets to me. Also everything is so crammed full of stuff that I think it would be stressful to be around.

Is her mom's stuff nice?

Raina Cox said...

Anne - I'll let you decide:

http://www.ninacampbell.com/

Jane said...

What are those weird stick things? Has she impaled some fireflies on toothpicks?

Don't start me on why some people are successful without a huge amount of talent whilst others slave away unrecognised. Combination of luck, who you know and grabbing the opportunity and (possibly in her business) lots of sucking up. True talent will out though.

I am still laughing at your link to her table of terracotta pots.

Mrs Woog said...

seriously bad lampshade. I like the ashtray. The rest can go back to goodwill.xo

susieq said...

That lamp, that lamp shade. Horrible.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Are those match sticks?! Who needs that many matchsticks trying to look like sea urchins, or something of the sort. x

sherri said...

oh, hell no.

Empress of The Eye said...

I am totally lost on this...

David said...

Me too Mrs. Woog! Nobody smokes inside anymore, but I'm loving that ashtray.

Jane said...

Love your blog! Am your new follower. Agree on the vignette pictured - not sure what the hell is going on there! Jane @ the girl in the brick house.

Lady Blah Blah said...

all i'm saying is: Domino kept increasing Rita Konig's presence in Domino---Domino no longer exists. coincidence? i think not. she just has shit taste.

helent said...

Is a collection of smoking related paraphenalia really complete without some Marlboro Light butts? Jesus Christ Rita, details dear, details.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Are those colorful Q-Tips in 3 decorative containers?

Not doing it for me. But it doesn't help that the picture kinda sucks

erin@designcrisis said...

Hideous. And it may have permanently ruined ikat for me.

Sketch42 said...

That vignette is horrible.

GiniGL said...

That's a whole lot of smokin' goin on.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I'm so lost, are those toothpicks and matchsticks either way it's not looking too hot, but I do love that ashtray and the chair

Raina Cox said...

Jane - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

drollgirl said...

what a wonky combo!

i wouldn't mind stealing that lamp base and making something better out of it (meaning: putting a better lamp shade on it, or no lamp shade). that is my only positive comment to make, and i am trying not to be a dick here! lol

Rebecca said...

OK, that photo sucks. But in her defense: back in the Dark Ages, or as they are more commonly known, the pre-Domino days, she wrote for British Vogue. Her focus then was a little more on bringing some beauty into your daily routine and less "here is a pile of semi-pretty crap I styled." So, she gets a pass from me, at least for a little while longer.

custardbydesign said...

what now?

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

living in the land downunder means that the only time i get to see rita's work - most of the time - is via your deliciousness....and i've gotta say, it feels to me like she'd like to take a chance with her decorating but she can't dare herself to be that different; she seems to have an idea then play it safely, so that it becomes a non-event.... eg. the fabric used on this lamp is so insipid, but obviously she was trying to mix it up with the use of the ikat and turquoise table top - but somehow it lacks. i'd love to see her really take some risks...

artluvr said...

Arsonist chic?