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Monday, July 2, 2012

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Anthropologie's "Banana" chairs, $1800 each.

18 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

I think it's a mistake for Anthro to be selling this as furniture. On it's face, it's ridiculous. I wanted to see what rich description they would use to describe it and it turns out it's a commissioned piece. It should be sold as conceptual art. My interest is piqued to do a little more research on the person and his work.

Anthro describes his work as examining the often ons-sided relationship between man and nature where man often takes from nature but rarely gives back. It's an interesting concept. I'm not sure that a resin Eames-like form implanted into a decontructed wood furniture piece fully supports that concept though.

As art it makes me question which is great--I think that is what art is for--but for Anthropologie to sell this as furniture does it a disserive.

Kristen said...

WHAT

wellfedfred said...

oh, dear, before I read the other comments I thought I was looking at a port-a-potty seat. You know, for when a guest forgot to bring an extra Depends. I wouldn't have thought Great-great-auntie shopped at Anthro, but then, I enjoy browsing at UO....

rebecca said...

That is just bad bad bad. I've seen something similar in the trash cage outside of a nursing home.

Kate said...

I take my toilet seat with me?

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

There are times when I look at "art" and feel like I'm living in the Emperor's New Clothes.

I like a lot of art. I like modern art. But I don't always like art that takes itself too seriously. I don't like this.

5th and State said...

First impression? Great concept for doing your business with your voyeur friends gathered round. But 1800.?! Art or not I will get my jollies elsewhere
Love this series Raina!
Debra

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Robin said...

Where do you attach the handle so it can convert to a car seat/baby carrier? Or the tray to make it a high-chair? Oh, you don't? Well then.

David said...

They have lost their minds. It doesn't work as art OR furniture.

meenal bishnoi said...

those are some very expensive potty seats! i'm certainly not buying..

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

Im disturbed.

ChrisToronto said...

Pshaw

Margaret said...

I hope they didn't just use school glue.

Suzanne said...

I thought it was a wierd restaurant baby seat. Otherwise, what Jeannine said, "Emperor's new clothes".

be862272-d694-11e1-bf8a-000bcdcb471e said...

Having stumbled over from the Downeast Dilettante (stumbled being the operative word, it being High-Season "Downeast, Where Cocktail Hour Always Falls First"), and seeing that sensibilities re: good snark and better living through catalogs are shared, let us point out that Anthropologie's $1800 price tag absolutely tips off that the Merchandising PTB at U.O/Anthropologie Amalgamated is F*&KING WITH US! Remember that dreadful little Fluffer's Revenge of a Show on Sundance Channel a while back called "Man Shops Globe", in which some royally-inclined (read: queen) bitch called in his chits as Anthro Home Goods "Head-Buyer"(as it were) to travel to distant lands hither and far in pursuit of impoverished artisans and developing-country craftsmen, cajoling them to enter into piece work contracts for swift manufacture and delivery of even more "Shop Exclusives" (read: pre 99 Cent Store clearance bin), that can be initially marketed at a "Handmade" (i.e. ridiculously high) price point. Well, even a gen-u-ine, right-entitled, first-class travellin' member of the House of Shop-Girl royalty needs her some downtime, and somehow H.B.I.C.'s personal collection of custom-fitted, hand-tooled (don't ask) and always discreet, travel-ready "relaxation relief appliances" (read: rim-chair) got mixed up with her Majesty's sample cases as the latest buying excursion concluded and the royal entourage was compelled to checkout from the Bangkok Boys Club Hotel. Those work-product trunks, stuffed to the bursting with even more examples of the local populace's sweatshop efforts, destined to be eventually offered as Tribute/Hostess Gift to any of the Desperately Real New York Fishwives at an upcoming summer weekend Hamptons house-party, in a brilliant Sundance-Bravo network product-placement cross-promotion strategy (Andy Cohen doesn't "look that way" just by chance)! Once U.O./Anthro Corporate got hold of said misdirected "sample cases", they figured, "let's make some $1800 Lemonade out of these... lemon-juice makers!" Yes, it's so obvious when pointed out, but sometimes it's hard to clear the forest for the pees... Hark! Is that an unescorted Tanqueray I hear beckoning? I simply must get back Downeast, but always happy to help clear Marketing and Merchandising's sometimes muddier backwaters...

Raina Cox said...

^^ Uh, that may be the most incredible comment in the history of La Lamp Shade.

The Down East Dilettante said...

One of my readers left this comment? Without inviting me for a martini????

I'm clearly going to have to work harder for comment rewards. (In the meantime, I hear some Bombay just screaming to be let out of the freezer and must go rescue it.