Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dutch and Droog

I know I'm a little late mentioning this, but I feel that it's personally something I must address. A year or more ago I was shocked to see the student (student!) work of dutch prodigy Joris Laarman. This boy wonder transformed what is a completely neglected architectural element, the radiator, into this:

Now this may not seem like much to anyone else, one might even think I'm going WAY overboard here. But he had me thinking things over, not to re-invent the mundane, oh wow here let's not just add a little paint and decor, but instead wholly transform our dull necessities. I couldn't get him out of my head! And here now on Unica Home's website they are at last offering his radiators for sale. Sure at a hefty price, sure they're great and beautiful, etc. But really I feel like I just had to type his name, reference him for my own personal catharsis--I guess because I'm jealous?
Unica Home

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Domino Decorating Contest

Here it is, the 23rd of October, and I've found a reason to post my first ever entry on this blog: the official announcement of the Domino decorating contest finalists. I have to say first, that though my young age would mislead you, I have actually been a Domino subscriber since the very, VERY beginning. I actually used to buy Lucky magazine mostly for the 'home' section the magazine featured monthly. So naturally, the first premiere of Domino had me tickeled with joy. And of course, when I heard about the contest, I thought, what better way to show off my devotion to their publication?

However, out of all the entries, all one thousand as they claim, I have to say I am pretty dissapointed with thier selection. The first three are certainly a gimmie; the living room by Steven from Des Moines, IA is a sure winner. I thought so from the start. His room is incredibly done-very bright, tailored, and is a generally inviting, happy room. But, the last two? First I must comment on the room submitted by Zim from Fairway Kansas. It looks like a grand salon, no doubt there, but if the judges made their selection based on photography I'd have thought that might have counted against this one. Now, I apologize in advance to Jen from Hackettstown, NJ, but I do not think her room should be a finalist. I find the room horribly bland. The walls are white. The furniture is white. The accessories are white. The only thing that is the least bit compelling to me, or inspiring is the Louis Ghost chair by Starck (I happen to be a big fan), and only Starck himself should get credit for that bit. I saw so many rooms that I felt were more deserving of being a finalist, and I am very dissapointed in Domino for this selection. Thoughts?
Oh and here was my room: