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Some good ideas, but ultimately bleak and drab looking
on 16 March 2012
I thought the concept for this book was a good one, going back to handmade things and objects with real meaning. As a designer I applaud these ideas wholeheartedly, but did the resulting interiors have to be some starkly bleak and sombre? I imagine this look is meant to appeal to the middle classes who have grown up with excess and think its now cool to look poor and threadbare at home - but if you grew up in poverty or saw your grandparent's threadbare homes in the fifties, this is really depressing stuff - and shades of Marie Antonette playing at being a peasant here too. True the Finnish house is stunning, but then the Nords and Scandis can do this sort of thing without it looking forlorn and whistfully poverty striken, it just appears natural and laid back with a real (rather than posed) honesty. Buy the book for the views of that house alone, but really you'd be better going back to a folk museum for the rest.