Posts Tagged ‘interior decorating’

So, I have been actively on the search for some fabulous rugs at low prices as I have a new room to furnish.  Urban Outfitters had some decent ones for reasonable prices, but they are nothing compared to the splendor of what I am about to share. Behold:

After stumbling across this rather fascinating specimen of contemporary dutch flooring, I thought it would be the perfect material with which to mark my return to the blog.  Designed by Guido Ooms and Karin van Lieshout of Oooms Dutch Design Studio, this roadkill carpet is sure to excite the curiosity and/or confuse the hell out of any and all of your guests.  Personally, I’m a bit torn.  If a rug is plush and soft and wonderful under bare feet, I pretty much can’t be against it, and the plug for this carpet claims that it is so.  But… but..  oh.. I don’t know… Can I go for it?

On one hand, I’m feeling that the message of this rug is a little too brutally realistic.  Yes, too often foxes, squirrels, deer, cats, dogs, birds and all other sorts of animals find their fate resting under the wheels of our cars.  Isn’t there another way to immortalize the memory of these poor creatures other than creating something else for us to step all over?  Or perhaps, considering, it is the perfect way to keep their memory intact, albeit lacking dignity and compassion. Like I said, I’m torn. Um, conclusively, I’ll leave it at: rug for rug’s sake.


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i moved into a new apartment this past summer, and my roommate and i were determined to decorate it in a (thrifty) fashion that would not shout “COLLEGECOLLEGECOLLEGE” from the rooftops. ergo, no magazine cut-outs on the walls. ergo, i was fresh out of interior decorating experience. but THEN i discovered 20×200, a website whose mission is to sell very excellent art at a wide range of prices, starting off at $20 (for a smallish version of a photo or print or drawing, produced in an edition of 200) and topping off at $2000 (for a large version of said photo or print or drawing, with only 2 reproductions). we have a theory that, once you start your art collection, you have taken the first step on the path to genuine adulthood (whether you are 15 or 40, dear reader, we really don’t think you’re a real live adult if your walls are art-less; posters of van gogh paintings, no matter how mind bogglingly wonderful the originals may be, do not count) and this is a fantastic way to buy actual, original art at ridiculously reasonable prices. you will be cultured and sophisticated, and your friends will be jealous.

while trolling the site for nifty things to purchase, we came across jason polan, an artist living in new york. here are some things we like about mr. polan: his current project is an ongoing mission to draw every person in new york (see yoko ono, below); he is a member of the taco bell drawing club; we think he knows dave eggers; he made this bag, which i would totally ask for for hannuka if i didn’t feel too guilty to ask anyone for presents this year; he draws many giraffes; he is rather funny; there is no wikipedia article about him, lending him an exciting air of mystery.


one of the things he is selling on 20×200 is called “hand project”: for $20 he’ll send you one out of 200 photocopies of his hand, for $200 he’ll send you a drawing of his hand (“it is always available and i can mold it into different positions”), and for a mere $2000, he will come to your house and shake your hand. allan kaprow would be so proud.

[ stefanie ]

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