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Monday, October 1, 2012

A House is Not a Motel

Matthew Sweet pushes back on the minimalism that has leaked from fancy-hotel-decoration into residential interior design:

The boutique hotel now seems to be the principal template for domestic interior design [...] It's worth pausing, though, to consider the oddness of this impulse. The hotel room is an amnesiac space. We would be troubled if it bore any sign of a previous occupant, particularly as many of us go to hotels in order to do things we would not do at home. We expect a hotel room to be cleaned as thoroughly as if a corpse had just been hauled from the bed. (In some cases, this will actually have happened.) The domestic interior embodies the opposite idea: it is a repository of memories. The story of its inhabitants ought to be there in the photos on the mantelpiece, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves. If hotel rooms were people, they would be smiling lobotomy patients or plausible psychopaths.

Steve Clowney

 

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