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Okay, I must confess: I love modern design. The baroque-modern fusion makes my heart flutter because it's monochrome, but actual baroque is too much for me. I like clean lines, polished surfaces, and limited color palettes. Not even mid-century; I love modern modern.

So I pretty much abhor deco.

Date: 2010-01-16 03:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twotone
I find myself drawn to quirky cell phone (and iPod) cases, but cell phone deco is a little too much for me.

Date: 2010-01-16 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I saw a lot of Paul Frank skins at the airport, and I thought those were pretty styling. I just... deco looks so... unclean. There's no way to wipe off accumulated grubbiness. Ew.

Date: 2010-01-16 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ugh, I don't know how I would get such things in and out of my pocket without doing injury to myself or the phone. Plus so many of them look like someone took the contents of a church craft fair and hotglued them to a phone. *shudder*

Date: 2010-01-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's visually novel, but just... the complete lack of functionality irritates me. It's like those collages people do in front of their stor... oh, heh, you live in Philly, I can think of a few neighborhoods that are examples. ;)

I hold all design styles to this yardstick, though; I like modern because most of it is mindful of people actually using it, and often pairs with accessible/universal design. The modern that runs away with itself -- like, say, a floating staircase with no rail that would kill anyone who tried to use it -- just annoys the crap out of me.

Date: 2010-01-16 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sigh...there goes a bit more of my pop culture innocence. I clicked the link because I thought, surely 'abhor' is a bit strong objection to art deco, even if you don't like it.



That's not art deco.

That's just...


Date: 2010-01-16 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not actually all that fond of art deco, either!

I wouldn't say I abhor it, and can appreciate it in context, I suppose, but I think it's reached the "lolz, look how clever I am by drawing my comic book cover in art deco style omg I am so learned" saturation point that I am allowed to be kind of tired of it.

Date: 2010-01-16 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never clicked with art deco, either. I will admit a teenage crush on art nouveau that aged to an appreciation of the clean lines and hand-crafted aesthetic of Craftsman/arts and crafts, but even that's faded away at this point...mostly*. Clean is good, clean lacking art snob undertones is better. I can't imagine wanting anything in my life that would generate excitement on Antiques Roadshow.

*I do still grin at bungalows with massive tapered columns or swoopy asymmetric brick chimneys...

Date: 2010-01-22 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Art nouveau! Also kind of overdone on comic covers! But 80% of that is just Strangers in Paradise, soooo...

I kind of want the one Hindenburg ashtray ( they had on, but mostly because it's hilarious and I could sell it to the steampunks.

(That's the one I was on, but the wrong hour! I still haven't managed to see myself!)

I actually have a crap-ton of actual Victorian Stuff... it's less thrilling when you're surrounded by it. I also must annoy preservationists, because being surrounded by antiques, my choices are 1. to carefully preserve and not use it and basically throw it away or 2. use it and risk damage. But you know what? MUSEUMS DON'T ACTUALLY WANT EVERY OLD THING FROM THE PAST! I WORKED IN THEM! Oh ho ho ho... what were we talking about?

Date: 2010-01-23 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Having and using Victorian stuff is kinda of back to the Martha Stewart Good Thing thing--have and use what you consider the best you can get. Sorta. Maybe?

And the latter sentiment is related to the THIS OLD TOY MUST BE WORTH SOMETHING BECAUSE IT'S AN OLD TOY AND OLD TOYS ARE WORTH SOMETHING mindset. Unresearched people are funny.

Date: 2010-01-16 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think deco'd items look neat for a photoshoot but not for real life applications.

For serious?

Date: 2010-01-22 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I don't actually think they're ugly, even, just they really turn me off, because I'd never want to use them, which defeats the purpose of, oh, a cell phone.

(Okay, I'll admit -- some of them are downright ugly. But.)

Ahahaha, I need to show that to my brother... he's still in the little-kid phase where he likes bling.

Date: 2010-01-16 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My old Razr was blinged out with purple gems, but they didn't get in the way of, ya know, holding the phone, which some of these seem like they would.

I'm content with my EnV's My Little Pony cover for now.

Date: 2010-01-22 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's bling-tastic!


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