Monday, May 4, 2009

"The tie-backs are repurposed ascots."




No, seriously. Watch the slide show. That is an actual caption.

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I like his pluck.

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most kids at that age are pretentious; they're trying on identities, and they're still clumsy at it.

I admire his energy and focus.

Emily said...

I guess if you have extra ascots lying around, and you're sick of wearing them...that's an option....? Maybe?

Lisa said...

Not only does he have a great eye, he also has a talent for self-promotion. He'll go far. Anyone who "repurposes" ascots deserves to.

my favorite and my best said...

fuck. that guy's cool.

ashley said...

Something, somewhere in that room has to be against the fire code... I think I'm only bitter because I'm moving out next week and I still haven't gotten a rug for my dorm.

Paul Anater said...

Maybe it's just me, but I want to smack him.

Anonymous said...

I actually kind of like what he's up to!

Anonymous said...

I just feel sorry for anyone who has to work for Charlotte Moss.

Though you could probably get a "The Devil Wears Scalamandre" out of it.

matt said...

the paint job is totally fucked up. ok that is jealousy talking. he's pretty talented.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, smack him and then spank him - perhaps bathe him, too.

Katherine Lee said...

Oh pluckiness. It's a must! Tie backs are quite a niche indeed... keep up the awesome posting!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)
check out www.urbanfleadesign.com!

David said...

Paul, it's not just you.

Anonymous said...

The middle-aged gay men are grinding their teeth.

mary said...

He definitely is making his way in life and knows what he wants...bravo!

Sacheverelle said...

That's pretty funny. I grew up one town over from Madison, NJ in Morristown. Nice area. Can't say I'm surprised a guy like this would exist there.

Sacheverelle said...

Drew University is known for its ministry program & good Christian values so he's squeaky clean as well as pretentious, I'm guessing.

Anonymous said...

Eddie Ross may be worried, but Nate Berkus has promised Max a trip to Sri Lanka.

Anonymous said...

No one takes Eddie Ross seriously as a decorator.

Anonymous said...

I like it! This guy should be on Season 3 of Top Design.

Anonymous said...

I like the fully stocked liquor "cabinet" (tray.)

Lolo said...

I want to smack most kids his age but good heavens, he does have focus and style. At least his parents don't have to wonder if he's going to spend his twenties living in their basement and adding to his Star Wars collection.

Willow Decor: said...

I love this post!! Such a great way to tie back the curtains!!
xx-
Gina

Cristina said...

Sebastian. Bridehead.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

He's also rather charming. In person, I mean.

Iheartfashion said...

I'd live in that dorm room! (and I'm 39)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gawd, I went to Drew about 30 years ago and lived in that dorm, on the fourth floor. Read the nasty comments about the school on the New York Magazine post. Now that I'm a parent with kids applying to schools, I get the biggest kick out of other parents saying "who the hell ever heard of Drew?" or "I didn't spend $150,000 of private school tuition to send my kid to f*ckin Drew!" That's before I tell them I graduated from Drew.

My first choice school was NYU, back when all it took was a check to get in. It was probably best that I couldn't afford NYU, I would've killed myself in NYC with drugs and booze. Having Max down the hallway would've been fun. The gal across the hallway from me rented her room and phone out to a bookie from Jersey.

Anonymous said...

Chuck Bass, eat your heart out!

Anonymous said...

My favorite line in this piece is "When other 15-year-olds were going to lacrosse camp..." (really?).

A masterful self promoter. I'd be more inclined to use the word "pluck" if his station in life was a bit lower. Not that it doesn't fit, but I feel a wee bit less generous with the wunderkind. (Bitter, me?)

--arroyo

Sylvia said...

Eddie Ross could decorate circles around this guy.

C.L. said...

Charlotte Moss? Give me a break. Talk about an over-hyped, has been. Just look at what she did at Kipp's Bay this year.

Anonymous said...

it looks like a Rugby/Ralph Lauren store, where I'm sure just shopped.

Anonymous said...

"Eddie Ross could decorate circles around this guy."

Badly proportioned, over-fussy circles.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed that it's easier for people to start their own "design" businesses when their parents' friends are wealthy and willing to give them a chance! Not saying that the guy isn't talented, but he's not a revolutionary.
And how is it that growing up working for David Easton, he's still considered not formally trained/educated???? I'd say that's a better education than most schools would provide.

Anonymous said...

This conversation sucks. Anyone know where I can get a great mirror for the mantel?

Anonymous said...

No. There are no more mirrors available.

iona said...

Why is most everyone Anonymous? Is there some sort of sacredness when speaking of young men who enjoy pink pants, family heirlooms AND Charlotte Moss. What I want to know is what does his girlfriend think about the green paint.
Garden Lust Journal

Anonymous said...

Somehow, I want to smack this guy, too. Not sure why. Perhaps it's because even though he has a good eye, this look takes money, and it's probably not money he's earned himself. Oh, mommy got you those ascots? Really? Well then.

I'm sorry. I had an adorable dorm room in college, but damn... I wasn't a prick about it.

Jill said...

We will all be buying his book one day!

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of 21 year old haters...my God...don't be such dicks!

Anonymous said...

...along with a couple of 51-year-old haters.

Alice said...

First off, this guy totally ripped his whole shtick off of the fabulous Rushmore. (Jason Schwartzman circa 1998, before Wes Anderson was a euphemism for "hipster"...anyone?)

Secondly, maybe it's just me because I'm from the West Coast, but the only men here who wear "melon" pants are gaygaygay. Of course, I l-o-v-e them for that, among other reasons.

To me, this means Max is either gaygaygay, or he's the most obnoxious closeted (repurposed?) WASP ever.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to smack his melons, if you know what I mean...

Anonymous said...

Whenever I see someone with that many ties, I have to assume some are just for recreational purposes.

Magnaverde said...

Oh, give the poor kid a break. I mean, were all decor nerds, right? And didn't all of us do this exact thing to to our dorm rooms in college? I know I did, and somewhere I've got an equally embarrassing staged photo to prove it, except that instead of wearing melon pants, I'm wearing an Art Deco dressing gown as I slouch on my Empire daybed, and rather than saying "While his friends were going to lacrosse camp" my article would have started out (this being the Seventies) "While his friends were going to get stoned out behind Seven/Eleven"..."

But other than that, couldn't we have all had the same hokey article? Well, except for the part about Charlotte Moss & David Easton, I mean. And if we didn't have an article like this, we should just thank our lucky stars that we didn't. No, the main difference between this guy & the rest of us back when we were his age is that we didn't have digital cameras & high-speed internet to brand & market our supercalifragilisticexpialadocious personas to a zillion potential clients overnight. What hath Eddie Ross wrought?

Oh, and the 'repurposed ascots' line? I love it. Sure, it's fauxnee' baloney, but it worked, didn't it? I can't think of a sound bite better-designed to get people talking. No, I have no problem with this kid. It's a big world, and there's plenty of room for everybody. And whether or not he can really decorate, he'll go far.

Anonymous said...

'No. There are no more mirrors available.'

May 5, 2009 12:32 PM

Priceless!

Kwana said...

Max knows where it's at. He's no dummy. Been watching and learning well.

Julie said...

He is FABULOSO. I love his style and yes He will go far in life. Smart kid.

katiedid said...

He's got a head start on most of us. He can not only decorate, but has a mean marketing streak as well. Watch out.

Anonymous said...

Alice, you are quite the detective.

(rolling eyes)

Kathryn said...

I love it and would expect nothing less from a Choate Rosemary graduate with a name like "Maximilian"! Maybe its an east coast thing, but the only thing better than melon pants would be if they had little whales on them.

Anonymous said...

I knew Stevie Gambrel in college. He was every bit as self-promoting, every bit as annoying and his first-year dorm room (shared with a fellow architecture student named Sean who my then-best friend shagged for a few weeks) had an antique sleigh bed and a dorm chair covered with leopard fabric tied in place with gold tassels.

These guys have what it takes to make it in the design world. We might want to smack them (I know I do) but they're laughing all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

Mmm-mmm, I want summa that piece of candy!

hoechstetterinteriors said...

I love it! This kid will definitely go far.

Michelle said...

I love this kid so much. I graduated from Drew (a first tier SLAC thank you very much so those people on the New York Mag website can suck it) 12 years ago and he's just awesome. Whomever said Drew was known for its ministry program and therefore must be full of squeaky clean values clearly doesn't know that the Princeton Review regularly ranks it as one of the most GLBT-friendly campuses.

Anyhow, the dorm he lives in, Hoyt, was a fire code violation in 1996. I can only imagine its condition now. But his room is freaking outstanding, even if I can't imagine who he had to bribe to store his furniture on campus (such things just Aren't Done at Drew).

Renovation Therapy said...

I love that paint and wrote the sku number down. Must haul ass to store this weekend. Nightstand is getting an upgrade...