Decorating with a brain and a crane…

August 7, 2011

Blog Guy, several months ago you analyzed the Libyan conflict by comparing the furniture styles of the Gaddafi supporters and the rebels. I believe you called it “Divan intervention in Libya?” What else can we learn by looking at protesters and their furniture?

Good question. Check these demonstrators in Israel in the top photo. They’ve done a fine job of turning their protest site into a cozy living room.

They’ve combined a contemporary sofa with traditional rugs to create a relaxed mood. I admire their use of a push broom as what we decorators call an “objet…”

Judging from the fact that one of those guys looks like he’s picking his nose, they’ve succeeded in creating a very homey feel.

Ewwww! So who else does a good job of outdoor protest decorating?

These protesters in Madrid. See the elegant look they’ve achieved here with a leather Chesterfield sofa.

Blog guy! There are huge gashes in that sofa! You can see the stuffing, and there’s graffiti all over it!

That’s called personalization. VERY trendy in decorating these days.

You sure know your subject, Blog Guy. Hey, what’s that decorating word for when they intentionally damage furniture to make it appear older than it is?

That’s called distressing. Here’s an photo of distressing chairs and sofas with a construction crane.

Yowza! Is there any way to distress furniture even more than that?

Only if the owners are in it at the time.

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Top: Israeli activists sit on a sofa next to tents pitched on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard as part of a demonstration to demand lower rent and land-ownership prices July 26, 2011. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Right: A demonstrator sleeps on a couch the day after other fellow demonstrators started to dismantle the encampment at Madrid’s landmark Puerta del Sol June 13, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Bottom right: A crawler crane destroys counterfeit Le Corbusier furniture in Vernier near Geneva, May 11, 2011. The deck chairs and sofas were seized last March in Geneva in a container arriving from China. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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The red sofa in Madrid with gashes and graffiti? Just the bulls way of demonstrating.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Take Your Crane to Work Day!

Don’t let your thoughts be contained: enlighten your crane-ium. Join the OE Blog!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Brushing the rug onto the road = top housekeeping skills. I am impressed.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

My haiku debut:

Protest in comfort.
Sleep in or miss the riot?
Guess so fa’, so good.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

A very, very worthy first effort indeed. Thanks for playing, friscojohn….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Crush them all!! I mean steel furniture.. I am a wood person, you see..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I’m not sure those are protesters. I think it’s dads camping out for Justin Beiber tickets for their daughters. Poor guys.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Now this is skill with heavy machinery: deshow?articleId=USRTR2PSBV#a=18

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