I always thought that if you got something for a reason (like, to sit on, or cook with, or drink out of), it didn’t matter how it looked. I mean, it’s a toaster for chrissake! (or a couch, or a table. Whatever.)
But recently, thanks to The Man, I had an epiphany. Just because a thing is useful doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty. Or, as I generally prefer, weird. Purple toaster? Yes!
Too many people live with plastic and metal, red bricks and Bauhaus. You don’t have to get your plates in plain white or flowered forgettable from KMart or the discount rack at the op shop – you can make every plate an artistic choice, a unique delight. You don’t have to paint your walls in beige, so that whoever buys your place in ten years’ time can ‘imagine’ themselves into it……they’re just going to stick with the same beige so that whoever buys the place from THEM can ‘imagine’…and so on. Turn imagination into reality and colour your surroundings pink, scarlet, aquamarine and gold…or, sure, if your tastes run that way, beige.
Most common household objects come in ‘ordinary’, ‘elegant’ and ‘mysterious’. I urge you to pick mysterious – that kettle with the dragon handle, that candlestick right out of a Victorian melodrama. With any luck, if you surround yourself with the right accouttrements, Count Udolfo will turn up. Or a gaggle of sex-starved vampiras, if you prefer.
Which brings me to civic architecture. Is anyone going to walk by the local council chambers in 200 years time and say, look at those beautiful archways! No. Because we build our municipal buildings, our warehouses and commercial premises, for comfort and cost, not to uplift our souls and rival the Mona Lisa. But can’t we do both, as they somehow managed back in 15th century Dubrovnik?
Anyhow, gone are my days of choosing sofas simply by sitting on them and then saying ‘this’ll do’ – or buying anything at all from Harvey Norman. Black leather jackets are timeless badassery, but black leather lounge suites are boring as hell and cold as eternity. Who in their right mind would pick a vinyl identi-couch when they can have the patchwork extravaganza above (care of https://au.pinterest.com/pippaconnolly/creative-upholstery/)?