Monday, April 23, 2018

The Ponderous Trophy

Once the cast iron phase fizzled out, I and my loved ones began to appreciate furnishings I could manipulate single-handed. There are a couple of behemoths left in the collection, but most of the inventory is a relief both to the back and to the eye. In his benchmark Nomadic Furniture, Victor Papanek advises husbanding one piece of heirloom furniture and getting real with the rest of the collection. 

Interestingly, many of the concepts in Papanek's inventory have been improved upon by changes in technology. The basics are the same, but they're slimmer, lighter, more versatile, and far easier to acquire. The professional photographer's truss system still tempts me beyond reason. Anything designed for a road show is good value. 

Papanek was a globe-trotting design expert for the UN. Like interior designer Diana Phipps, he improvised comfortable quarters in places that on first inspection looked far from ideal -30-

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