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The Match

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“If I had to name one word that’s been overused in the design world… it would have to be eclectic. It’s too permissive and encourages people to randomply place objects and furniture that don’t go together next to each other. When I hear people say „Oh, I just love the way you mixed everything up“, it is like fingernails on the blackboard for me. If that’s the case, why don’t we just go home and put all of our furniture and objects in a Cuisinart, give it a good chopand whirl, and call it good design?

It’s not about the mix, it’s about the match. You want to pair objects and furniture that have relationships to each other. It’s the curving line next to the straight line that makes us appreciate both. It’s the midcentury lacquer chair next to the 18th century Spanish chest that together create a dialogue that activates and informs you about both pieces. There is a great energy when you put a carved antique chest of drawers in a modern streamlined house: all of a sudden, the chest pops, and both it and the house look better. Now we’re talking. Now we’re doing something that translates into personality. And, in the end, that’s what we’re really trying to do when we’re decorating – find ourselves and express who we are.”

Jeffrey Bilhuber, “Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics

design: Jeffrey Bilhuber, photo: William Waldron for AD


5 Kommentare zu “The Match”

  1. Roberto Pujol am 12.04.2012 um 17:06 Uhr 

    This text is fantastic e very appropriate!!
    Nothing in Decor just happen, it’s a neverend hardworking…
    Thx for share.

  2. CHARLOTTA am 12.04.2012 um 18:47 Uhr 

    Hej hej!

    I totally agree with this. ‘Eclectic’ is definitely a term that has allowed people to abandon plain good taste and common design sense.
    Though I am all for a personal expression, even the ones that in our eyes may appear tasteless or plain tacky, there should (in my mind) be a level of finesse, thought and consideration when putting a home together.
    The best ones grow organically and over time, because if anything an overly ‘designed’ and ‘matched’ house is also tacky in my mind. I feel terribly uncomfortable when the ‘thinking process’ is too obvious in a room, and when it is obvious all items were bought in a ‘matchy matchy’ manner.

    I guess we all have our ways to view aesthetics.

    Great post darling. Thought provoking.

    Kram från Sverige!

    xx Charlotta

  3. Tereza am 12.04.2012 um 21:22 Uhr 

    I agree with Bilhuber 100% -” it’s not about the mix, it’s about the match.”

  4. Susan @ Afford Your Passions am 13.04.2012 um 03:09 Uhr 

    I love it – I agree – there’s a difference between throwing stuff together just because you think you are being eclectic, and actually giving some thought to design etc.

    Love the picture, Maria!

  5. Toni am 16.04.2012 um 09:54 Uhr 

    Not eclectic but beautifully put together! Have a lovely week Maria

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