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What’s New in Interior Design Is Old Again, Right Away


You want to read the most exhausting yet really fun story in the New York Times you’ll probably ever run across? If so, click on over to Penelope Green‘s “Flash in the Can: Design Soon Forgotten.” It’s all about home design and/or interior decorating trends aging at an ever more alarming rate, moving from being excited one day to looking old and tired the next. So it’s interesting in that respect, but it’s also just a blast due to either Green’s writing or the excited, hyper quotes she gathered from people in the industry, with lots of fun sayings and one-liners, like so:

Celerie Kemble, a Manhattan and Palm Beach decorator, pointed out that even good design is sometimes crucified by direct mail. “I have a whole rant about it in my book,” said Ms. Kemble, whose first book, a style primer, is to be published by Clarkson Potter in November. “When something goes from boutique hotel to the catalogs in six months it’s destined for next year’s ‘out’ list, which includes a lot of the Philippe Starckages.”

This year it also includes the cowhide rug, a beloved and useful flourish to soften the hard edges of modern furniture. Which is why the cowhide, Ms. Kemble said heatedly, is the flokati of today, “thanks to Design Within Reach — damn them!”

Anyone who says “Philippe Starckages” and says “damn them!” to Design Within Reach out of the blue, we know we’d get along with immediately.

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