Thursday, April 15, 2010

Salvage fail.

30 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

Come on, I think it's kind of funny. But only if it comes with a built-in fan so it spins.

Anonymous said...

It looks like an industrial popover.

Anonymous said...

It's the plastic on the shade that makes it.

Anonymous said...

Jiffy Pop popcorn.

Evermore Organics said...

Just NO.

bruno said...

Proof that not everything can be repurposed into a lamp base.

Anonymous said...

"Proof that not everything can be repurposed into a lamp base."

Decs: I feel the Great Samovar Debate of '07 stirring again!

Decorno said...

(Tears welling in my eyes...) How I miss the ol' samovar days.

Anonymous said...

Oh, we were young, and the samovars would gleam with promise...

maison21 said...

i kinda like it- for that kinda industrial/americana look. better then a lamp made from a weather vane, or some other tired look we've seen a hundred million times before... *he says, completely without irony, as he adjusts the shade on a client's repurposed weather vane lamp*

mary said...

This doesn't quite work for me. But really an eye-opener.

Anonymous said...

My current client would buy that in a heartbeat.

my little apartment said...

good god, you can't just turn ANYTHING into a lamp.

jean said...

I'm imagining reaching for it in the dark. The hand getting caught in the fins. Aiee, the anguish and confusion!

tula said...

Oh, it just looks strange because it's not being sold in a pair. No, really.

Holly said...

I love it. But I have a weakness for lamps in general and industrial chic in particular. Designer Erin Martin did one very similar to this one in a Napa Valley house and it looked fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Saw hanging versions of these a month ago at the Round Top Antique Shows in Texas being gobbled up.
No thanks.

alvis64 said...

it's the plastic....epic fail.

laboriousliving said...

one man's garbage is another man's ugly decor.

Anonymous said...

it's the plastic....epic fail.

The plastic on a lampshade is customarily removed by the buyer.

(This also applies to food wrapping.)

Anonymous said...

someone just paid $250 for that

Anonymous said...

If only it spins when the light is turned on.... :-0

Anonymous said...

I can see some Houston designers falling in love with this piece because they believe Round Top is the last word in style and antique acquisition. Look for its twin to appear on CDT.

Jenny said...

Ummm. I'm not a certified practising interior designer, and if you guys saw my place, you'd probably cry, but I'm working on it. Anyway, to my point... sometimes I read the snarky comments and wonder - why is this piece (or this room) any better or worse than the thing people were raving over last week or last month?
This isn't a snarky comment - I'd genuinely like to understand why, eg, this piece is crap? I think it's ugly, but is there a deeper reason? What if it featured in Valentino's apartment, or that of some NYC hipster?

Decs said...

It would still be bad. The proportion is weird, and it's silly to think that of all the lovely shapes and materials out there, that someone would choose this one.

Anonymous said...

Please send this post to "Druck Man" at HB.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, if you submitted a design of your living room/dining room or whatever to some of the design blogs, it is likely readers would pick it apart because no one has ever heard of Jenny. The same photo can be submitted with the name of a designer who has been published in HB and the same people will flock to the forum and anoint it as the cutting edge of design. That's the game of the design blogs. They all do this and the readers are falling for it hook, line and sinker. I think we could simply say these blogs are in the suck up business not the design business. Keep reading. You will soon figure this out. And by the way, Valantino wouldn't have half the crap you see on some of these blogs.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's meant to be about irony?... I'm sensing some serious irony in all the pieces which surround it as well. Perhaps an art installation? ;)

To answer Jenny's question - it's just bad. It's trying to do maybe the industrial thing - but it comes across as craft show. I picture an entire booth of these lamps in various shades - some even bright pink with gold lame tassels. Some experiments just fail and should never see the light of day.

Briana said...

Oh this is just hideous.

Anonymous said...

I actually like the idea, but think the proportion is off - that shade is overwhelmed by the base. I like that a fat ass object like that base can also be aggressive w/those fins. Round and sharp is counterintuitive and unexpected.