Sometimes design makes me angry. This is one of those times.
I came across this post at the very cool and lovely blog, escapade. A post about being inspired by some pics of Kevin Sharkey's housewarming party. I adore escapade and I adore Kevin's work too. And I can understand being inspired by a fun, casual, light-hearted party. But my happy scrolling screeched to a halt at this pic:
The boxes are stacked...in the shower. For real? Is this a permanent display, Kevin? Or is it a last-minute solution to cover up a cracked floor tile? I can't imagine either scenario really. "Hmmmm....what could make a champagne-in-the-bathtub-and-cute-partiers-on-the-floor-in-formal-wear-more-interesting? I KNOW! Very expensive empty boxes in that one foot of space behind Kevin's head!"
So I'm angry. I scroll back to look at the other shots of the party, and the more I look at them, the more they start to irritate me too.
Balloons in everyone's faces. Because this is how people like to party. Crowded in a hallway with no personal space and balloon strings in your eye.
Nothing is more appetizing and festive than a stack of dry store-bought cookies. But let's put some fireworks on top to be sure. And here's a good idea: drinking milk with champagne.
Okay. This...I can get behind. Ping pong? Fun. Writing on a mirror with lipstick? Really fun! Using your probably very nice dining table as a ping pong table? Well. I guess if tables are disposable to you, or you're going for a rustic, banged-up look. I guess.
But! These are the score-writing lipsticks selected.
Yep, that's right. Chanel. Which there had to be a styled photo of. That's about $180 worth of score-keeping crayons right there. Maybe more. How...creative. How...spontaneous.
So this party, with its cheap cookies and balloons, its humble bathroom home for the drinks, its devil-may-care, my-furniture-isn't-too precious vibe, still manages to reek of pretentiousness and overkill and wastefulness. For me.
I realize that all design is on that slippery slope of unnecessary materialism, and people have different ideas about where to draw the line. So what turns your stomach? Do you have aversions to design that seems showy? What qualifies as ridiculous and what is just divinely delicious and okay to long for?