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Navicula pendant lamp by David Trubridge

The Navicula pendant lamp is another nature inspired design by the New Zealand based designer, David Trubridge. The lamp, that just recently got recommended for the Darc Award 2017, is inspired by the many microscopic diatoms that float in the ocean. It is illuminated by a row of LED pin point lights at the inside of the skeleton, that is made of CNC cut Bamboo-Plywood.

Installation view of works by Memphis-group at the sales exhibition Bowie/Collector at Sotheby’s London, November 2016. Featuring works: First-chairs (1983), Polar-side tables (1984) and Flamingo-side table (1984) by Michele de Lucchi, Cucumber vases by Martine Bedin (1985).

Great Falls, VA

Hello friends! Today is the day of my TEDxMidAtlantic rehearsal, and I am in a Starbucks writing this post dressed in full PoMo regalia. (I’m talking 1000% clothed in David Bowie’s Furniture just so I can make one joke about not being the gatekeeper of good taste.) 

Speaking of Postmodernism, it’s gonna be Postmodernism Week on McMansionHell! As you will see on Sunday, Postmodernism has a lot to do with McMansions and other tenants of our sprawl-based built environment. I don’t want to jump the gun on that yet, but let’s just say this wonderful estate is a teaser of things to come. Got questions? Don’t worry. All will be explained. 

This amazing testament to the fact that maybe architects actually had some impact on the design of our suburban houses after a, like, 50 year hiatus during which they were prancing around in glass-box-land was built in 2000, is on the market for over $2,000,000 and has no fewer than 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms

And all of them are amazing. Let’s begin. 

The Front Entry

Judging by the numerous attempts to cover up the seemingly endless white tile floor, the homeowners realized that it was probably a bad decision. Seriously nothing is colder on your feetsies than stone tile. 

The Sitting Room

I hesitate to call this a living room because it looks too much like my last dentist’s waiting room. (I wish I had dental insurance again, oh god) 

The OTHER Sitting Room

The Other OTHER Sitting Room

There better be butts in at least half of these chairs at any given time or the engineer in me is going to be peeved at the lack of efficiency.

The Dining Room!

Phew! At least it isn’t another…

…Sitting Room

One has to admire their dedication to total grandmotherliness. 

The Kitchen!

Something something joke about that song about that lighting fixture

The…oh for ****’s sake

RIP Best Western (1986-2000) it is maybe a Crackle Barrel or something now who knows. Also, the splayed geometry of this room is probs very good for it’s acoustics! Yay! 

The Master Bedroom

I am p peeved when real estate listings only have one or two bedrooms out of y’know 7. 

And, of course…

The Master Bathroom

I think that weird light thing is from whatever the 80s equivalent to Pinterest is. 

The Reject Bedroom

is v sad

I want that party bed please and thank

The Designated Alcohol Space™

Normalizing addiction since circa 1980.

That painting is really messing me up. Like, I know y’all trying to look like your lives were spent collecting priceless european replicas from the Frontgate catalog or whatever but of all the paintings to hang in your bar…

Finally, we conclude our tour with a marvelous rear photo. 

Thanks for sticking around for this post even though it was late n stuff. Stay tuned for Sunday’s bit about Postmodernism, and wish me luck for my TEDx talk tomorrow!  

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Copyright Disclaimer: All photographs in this post are from real estate aggregate Redfin.com and are used in this post for the purposes of education, satire, and parody, consistent with 17 USC §107.


VanGogh’s  chairs  -    David Hockney

British b.1937-

-  Van Gogh’s Chair (White)  1998

    Etching , 28 ½ x 27 1.2 in.

-   Chaise de Van Gogh   1988 

     Acrylic on canvas, 122x91cm

-   First Gauguin’s Chair   1988

     Acrylic  on canvas  48 x 36 in.

-    Gauguin’s Chair 1988 

Chair with Pipe   -   Vincent  van Gogh   1888

Gauguin’s Chair with Books and Candle   -   Vincent van Gogh  1888



Ruhlmann Master of Art Deco

Florence Camard

New York: Abrams, 1984. First English-language edition. Quarto. Black cloth embossed in black. Photo illustrated dust jacket. 312 pp. 487 illlustrations, 67 plates in color


This is still the major reference work on the renowned French modernist architect and interior designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. Known as The Master of Art Deco, Ruhlmann created opulent, exquisitely designed furniture, homes and showrooms for the Parisian beau monde in the twenties and thirties.

Excellent English translation of the 1983 Paris monograph (Paris: Editions Du Regard, 1983) on one of the greatest and most prolific Art Deco cabinetmakers and interior designers of the twentieth century. Translated by David Macey.

The legendary French furniture designer and interior decoratorJacques-Emile Ruhlmann (1879 - 1933) was a luminary of Art Deco, the creator of luxury designs that are today some of the most coveted masterpieces mde in Paris in the 1920s. Born in Paris in 1879, Ruhlmann took over the family decorating firm in 1907 and soon began showing his exquisitely elegant furniture and decorator objects at the Paris Salons d'Automne. Ruhlmann’s pieces were concieved as luxury one-offs, made of the most costly materials, including exotic hardwoods such as Macassar ebony, amboina, or rosewood with tortoiseshell and ebony intarsia inlay.

In 1919 Ruhlmann and Pierre Laurent founded Etablissement Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. For the 1925 Paris “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes,” Ruhlmann caused a sensation with the interior design and furniture of the “Hotel du Collectionneur” (A Collector’s House).

In 1929 Ruhlmann showed an elegant study and living room he had designed for a crown prince at the “Salon des Artistes Decorateurs.” The storage furniture designed for the library was bought by the actress Jeanne Renouard. The Maharajah of Indore even had it copied in Macassar ebony for his new palace at Manik Bagh. These modular storage pieces were also the forerunners of modern system furniture.

Ruhlmann’s legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the “Art Deco’s greatest artist” by the New York Times.

Florence Camard, specialist in the decorative arts from 1890 to 1930, teaches at the Center for the Study of the Art Object in Paris.

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