Sunday, February 24, 2008

Interior Design Show 2008

Guess where I was yesterday? Here are some photos from the show. I'd love to get your opinions on these.

This is the first thing I saw when we entered the show:

Sometimes I don't get designers. What's the point of having chairs hanging from the walls? I guess it's one of those arty things that I can't hope to understand. There was a lot of that type of thing at this show.

Then again, there was also some really cool stuff. Like this wacky furniture from Alaine Belanger.

The bent-over chest of drawers was actually functional. The drawers on the front were fake. The side panel on the left flipped down, and there were three level shelves on the inside. The craftsmanship on these pieces was excellent. If only I had around $10,000 lying around so that I could buy a couple of pieces of his furniture...

There was also Sorrentino Sanche who made chests of drawers that actually had chests, as in boobs. There were all manner of ladies represented, but this big red dame was my favourite.

These hand-blown glass lamps: I would like a few of them when I get my mansion.

In the plumbing department, I did not see anything that impressed me. The bathroom and kitchens presented at the show were minimalist to the point of sterility. I don't want my kitchen to look like a morgue, than you very much.

Two very fashionista men passed me as I was leaving one of these displays, and I overheard one say to the other:

"I am so sick of brushed steel!"

Hurray! You and me both, brutha. I like my kitchens and bathrooms to be inspired by tradition. (At least the imaginary ones I design in my head, considering I've never renovated in my own home.)

I definitely don't want my faucet to look like one of those little sinks you spit into at the dentist:

So, there you go. You're all updated on the latest trends in interior design. What do you think?


whatigotsofar said...

I had no idea Beetlejuice was in this year.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Chest with "Chests" I simply have to get one. I do like the faucet picture at the end though.

Maxie said...

Looks like fun... I like looking at that kind of stuff... even if it's totally impractical.

R.E.H. said...

There are some strange items of furniture out there.

While they are fun to look at, I would go crazy if some interior designer decorated my home with these things...

jameil1922 said...

i love brushed steel but most of the rest of that stuff wasn't for me.

Aurora said...

yeah, why is it that living rooms are feminine and bathrooms are so masculine these days? And why don't they try making some living room furniture that makes stereos and TVs look less, um, monolithic?? nice photos Spark!

Karen said...

Those chests of drawers are great. Those kind of things are an investment. Looks like a fun place.

Sparkling Red said...

Whatigotsofar: Beetlejuice is VERY in this year, apparently. One booth even had a "covered in bugs" theme. I wouldn't want that for my home. I've already lived in basements that had real bugs, and it wasn't cool.

Warped Mind of Ron: The faucet is kind of a neat idea, I have to admit. They also had faucets where the water came out of a wide slit, creating a waterfall effect. Now THAT was cool.

Maxie: Yeah, it's mostly impractical unless you're rolling in money and have a very spacious home to furnish. Is that what rich people have inside their mansions?

R.E.H.: Oh man, I would NEVER give an interior designer any power over the appearance of my home. I just finished working with one at my job, for an office reno, and he just about drove me crazy with his completely outlandish "artistic visions". It took me hours of arguments to rein him in to a reasonable design. :-p

Jameil: You don't want chairs hanging from your walls? Or boobs on your bureau? And here I thought you were so stylish. ;-)

Aurora: Thank you! Thinking back on it, I wish I'd taken more photos. There was a lot of interesting stuff there. I liked having my hands free to touch things, so I didn't keep my camera out the whole time.

Karen: Yes, definitely an investment. You'd have to really take care of your furniture if you had that stuff. Not that my furniture takes much punishment, but I think I'd worry about it if I knew my dresser cost $4000!

Jenski said...

Those chests of drawers make me feel crooked and that's just in a picture. I'd lose all sense of balance if I actually had that stuff.

I'm with you on the dentist faucet too.

Anonymous said...

That looked like a fun show. I wish I had been there.

Nicole said...

I like the lamps too, but the Rest.
Thanks, but no thanks ;)

Tink said...

That furniture looks like it came out of Mickey Mouse's house. Well, except for the one with the boobs. That would just be wrong. *Snort*

Sparkling Red said...

Jenski: I just went visual on what might happen if you came home and found the tilty drawers in your bedroom. I can see you walking through the door, catching sight of them, and then falling over sideways. ;-)

Unsigned: There's always next year.

Nicole: Some of it I wouldn't mind if it was given to me for free, but I wouldn't pay full price for the privilege of owning it. My Ikea furniture really gets the job done.

Tink: Mickey Mouse might enjoy a boob bureau in the privacy of his own home. Or maybe he'd like a custom-designed one with big ears.

trinity67 said...

OMG I love this stuff!!!