Posts Tagged ‘NYT’

It’s Not You, It’s Your Apartment

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

When your decor is a romantic deal-breaker: a female visitor fled upon seeing this NYC lawyer’s sheets. My sister, by the way, had those exact sheets. When she was 12. Via the NYT where there’s also a really gratifying condemnation of Klimt posters.

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Pollyanna and Cassandra

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I anxiously await the 2009 NYT Trender tool so we can see how things have changed since 2008, a year in which Cassandra ended on the decline while Pollyanna was on the ascendant. Maybe that’s just due to holiday drinking. @derekg, I certainly hope you plan to update this tool for 2009, because it offers hours of amusement.

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Woodstock nostalgia

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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Ha, finally! The 90s are the new 80s.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

That’s according to the New York Times, and since nostalgia seems to work in 20-year cycles, I guess anyone could have seen it coming. If, as the article says, the 90s were the sci fi thing and the Breeders, then excellent, but … what is that orange outfit! Do I not remember the 90s correctly?

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The words we use when we think about design, 1984 to 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

This graph shows the occurrence of the terms “decor” (blue) and “interior design” (red) in The New York Times between 1984 and 2009. What happened to the word “decor”? It fell out of usage in approximately February, 2001, maybe a result of a change in editorial style policy? When I first saw this we wondered if it had to do with some sort of anti-French sentiment, decor being French in origin, but then we realized that its drop in usage came about seven months before 9-11.

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Design Loves a Depression

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

That’s the title of an interesting article in the NYT last week. By “design” the writer obviously means design itself, and not the world of commercial design which is in fact suffering during the current economic crisis. The article’s author Michael Cannell argues that design benefits both in terms of social responsibilty and aesthetics during times of austerity, because working within constraints is often a spur to both the creative process as well as to a more considered, thrifty use of materials.

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