This piece outlines how “fast-furniture” manufacturers have take a page from the book of fast fashion manufacturers and have gone on to make visually appealing but physically awful furniture. It says:
Fast-furniture manufacturers (are) giving shoppers an opportunity to buy trend-informed furniture at a price that doesn’t force them to pretend they’re investing in the future. Wasteful though it may be, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to buy an expensive sofa if you don’t know where you’ll be living in a year.
So it should come as little surprise that much of this furniture isn’t great.
People want new furniture. They want to transition from stuff they find on the side of the road, or from IKEA, or even hand me downs from their family. But they don’t have the money or the patience to buy better pieces. This creates the fast furniture market.
File under “you get what you paid for”. Worth a read. Especially if you are attracted to the look and the price of some of these pieces.
Yesterday I showed you how to cry in New York. Today I want to show you how to enjoy New York when the weather is less than ideal. The best way to do that is to be indoors. And the best way to enjoy the indoors in New York is to visit the most beautiful interiors in New York City
P.S. If you are a fan of New York like I am, then ny.curbed.com might be for you too.
If you are terrible with plants, like me, and want to get some plants regardless, then check this out: Houseplants You Can’t Kill – Dwell.
The plants are:
- Snake plant
- Cast iron plant
- Rubber plant
Relatedly, my office recent had plants added, and the plants added were from this list. So far they are doing fine. Let’s see if I (and you) have similar results.
Not yet, but clearly it is in trouble, based on this: Why Muji Is Struggling | News & Analysis | BoF.
My feeling is they have expanded past the point it is sustainable, and now they are going to have to adjust. Hopefully they can adjust: they are a good company and they could be as big as IKEA or H&M. Or they could go bankrupt. The next few years will show which direction they go.
Thanks to Jeff Smith for sending me this link!
Then consider this idea from Apartment Therapy: Fresh Christmas Garland Home Decor Idea.
Basically just get some garland (and a tree) and keep it simple. If you have a bit more energy, candles are a good idea. Or small LED light chains in a vase with some Christmas balls.
But the garland (and the tree) signify the holiday season quite nicely.
To me, it’s this one:
Image via the great blog Lottie + Doof. Go see it. They have a great gift giving guide too. (Top of the blog.)