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April 9, 2012

My Responsibility as a Blogger

Bloggers have an unspoken Code of Ethics - be honest, give source credit whenever possible, 
try to curb the sarcasm, use spell check, notify your readers of impending train wrecks, that
sort of thing.  

Thus, with great trepidation, there are two approaching decorating disasters I am honor 
bound to relate to you:  plywood and deconstructed furniture.

 (Ignore the baby deer.)

It would be easy to say that the use of polished plywood is "a Scandinavian thing" but
that's not completely true.  Designers and architects on both sides of the pond are
experimenting with various forms of 'compressed' wood as key elements in 
contemporary decor.

My opinion?  It was just a matter of time.  (I'm still adjusting to concrete countertops.)

When I first became aware of the next development I thought it was an early April Fool's joke.  
A few weeks ago Cote de Texas, a respected staple of the design blogisphere, posted an 
eye-opening article on the trend of deconstructed furniture.

The posting features the cover and contents of Restoration Hardware's Spring 2012 catalog.
If you look closely at the divan you will notice that it is missing upholstery fabric.  

It is not.  The padding fabric IS the upholstery fabric:

For $1,500 don't you expect more than bare bones?

Designer Pamela Pierce has picked up on the trend . . .

as has Brooke Giannetti.



I love rustic.  But plywood and un-upholstered
furniture are just too elementary and exposed for me.
What do you think?


  1. I like how you said it..."too elementary and exposed for me". These "trends" remind me of the story when Roger Miller wrote the song "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd" to prove people would buy anything. They did. I'm not sure these looks have what it takes to stand the test of time for classic design.

  2. Roger Miller tunes really keep us grounded, don't they?! Deconstructed furniture is like removing all of the sheet rock in your home to expose the studs. Upholstery fabric 'finishes' a piece of furniture and it looks incomplete without it. Furniture and walls should follow Beach Rules: cover what needs to be covered!

  3. Geez...I just spent $1500 covering up trendiness. -cd