Posts Tagged ‘flokati’

Whatever happened to the seating platform, the conversation pit?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Above, the 1970s modern two-level platform in painter Frank Stella’s loft, from the classic book Inside Today’s Home. Below, a recent photo of the renovated 1950s conversation pit in the Number 31 Hotel in Dublin.

Maybe it’s because I grew up around a hip artist aunt whose 60s/70s handmade house had a seating platform in it, but I am mourning the disappearance of the freeform seating arrangement.

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70s kitchen

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

From the 1975 edition of Inside Today’s Home. “A vividly colored, streamlined kitchen forms one wall of the major group space in this minimal-care beach house. The brilliant blue and red scheme contrasts strikingly with the clean-lined Breuer and Mies van der Rohe furniture and a soft goat hair rug.

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Sublime 1960s interior

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Beautiful, inviting 60s room from English textile designer John Hopper‘s  amazing Flickr collection of textiles and interiors from the last several centuries. That hidden door!

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Houses like spaceships, spaceships like houses

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Bathroom futurism! Excellent circular spaceship thing going on here. I’m not sure about shag rugs in the bathroom, but will boldly go where no one has gone before. Still, how on earth would you clean this room? The answer is that in space, flokatis are self-cleaning. With microbots or whatever those things in the Neil Stephenson trilogy are called.

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Soft modernism.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

 


 

Hard-edged rooms, even the rustic kind, seem to need at least one big soft thing.  Scandinavian interior design uses textiles in this way, and increasingly the term for the contemporary application of this idea seems to be “warm modernism” or “soft modernism.” The more unrelieved the hardness, the more warmth is needed and the more excessive the textures can be.

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