Thursday, February 21, 2019

Flyweight Furniture

I decided to organize the spaces in the house like an original SoCal hacienda. Since we work out of the domicile, it makes sense to lay out production space on the ground floor to take advantage of easy access. There's a proper parlor at the top of the stairs, on what I understand is known in Europe as the piano nobile, or first floor. Implementing the change wiped out the conflict between middle class domestic propriety and getting things done. White collar production, minor projects, and domestic life support all happen within steps of each other and in arm's reach of deliveries.

Casual study of the furniture supply available to Gen X used to make me sad, because laminated plastic and sawdust are not to my taste. The cost per use on this stuff is very high. I have a few pieces of solid early twentieth century furniture parked in the parlor and enjoy improvising in the rest of the building. Neighborhood finds are the most fun, especially when I reinforce them with nifty field gear from the Great Big Hiking Co-op down the hill.

The Plaidish hiking supplier, the original high-tech design source, has an eye for color that suits my own exactly. Their low-end rectangular sleeping bags, freestanding shower, and now a generously sized eighteen-pound cot supplement old school inventory with elegant options for improvising comfortable quarters. The stuff is not essentially different from Thomas Sheraton's field furniture. Set up with a floor length cover the same color as the sea grass matting, and padded with a luxury self-inflating air mattress, the cot looks parlor legal. Once covered with an Oregon Round Up blanket that matches the one on the teak garden bench across the room, the cot becomes an elegant traditional day bed to support a slothful week-end.


I really like channeling the home furnishings budget into things that are easy to pack and store. Doing so frees a good many cubic feet of expensive space and a good many dollars for other projects, like getting images framed -30-

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