Saturday, March 7, 2009

Organically Grown

Is that spring we feel in the air? We certainly hope not, being as we prefer all things murky and full of gloom…This in fact brings us nicely to our next subject at hand. It seems as if we have been trapped in doors for eons this winter. Perhaps due to this our minds have started (?) to stray, but we have made some interesting observations about our surroundings.

Now who among doesn’t think that at times our furnishings have minds of their own. Who can explain the phenomena of The Proverbial Tilting Picture? You know the one that you have to straighten several times a day. Ours happens to be a landscape that slants to one side as if it is its trying to look out the window and spy on the neighbors.

Whether it’s The Escape Artist Carpets creeping incrementally towards the door (as if planning yet ANOTHER daring getaway), or The Disobedient Draperies (…“we said POOL on the floor, not DROOL on the floor, you evil silken beasts”…) our interior is reminiscent of a three ring circus but without juggling clowns or bears in skirts (as of yet…)


Now we are sure that everyone has had similar furniture related injuries, bruises from bad natured ottomans and wicked sofa legs, bumps from deliberately low hanging fixtures and getting ones toe stuck in the headboard tufting (…wait, maybe we shouldn’t mention that one…) Some of this might be human error, but who is to say that your furniture isn’t playing tricks on you, dear ones?

To further explore the organic (and perhaps sentient) nature of furniture we have mingled the photos of the brilliant German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865 - 1932). His intriguing photos invite you into a microcosm that is difficult to perceive with the naked eye. Plants take on a nearly architectural perspective that is both beautiful and menacing (much like our slipper chairs, but that is another story…)


We are a bit attached to our above mentioned headboard for many and various reasons… BUT we must admit we rather lust after one of these wrought iron beds. The one on the left brings to mind vampires, blindfolds and floggers (whoever staged the photo with WHITE BED LINENS certainly deserves a spanking indeed.) The bed on the right still gives us impure thoughts, but we are trying to be respectful because it is Italian and from the 17th century.


Now this furniture seems perfectly fit for Oberon and Titania’s fairy court.



These luscious and dreamy illustrations evoke a certain nostalgia for a time when furniture was fierce and brooding and apparently detailed with serrated blades and basilisk eyes. If we were you, we would not recommend looking that bed directly in the eyes or turning your back on the sideboard…

As the face of glacier your mountains tower against the sunset
Unforgetting what was made a bond so strong and ever so real...
The statue watches the kingdom your giant wings make all beneath
I'm staring forth the raventhrone I know I'm at the heart of winter...

(“At The Heart of Winter” by Immortal)

4 comments:

Petra Voegtle said...

Hi Splendor + Seraph, what a coincidence - on my Blooms and Blossoms blog under
http://vyala.blogspot.com I have a post about grasses looking like wrought iron - that's at least what I thought when I photographed them.
Lovely post btw - gave me a good chuckle - I love iron cast beds - although I do not like to sleep in them because they always make noises...
Love those photographs in your post altogether...

Seraph + Splendor said...

Hi Petra,

We just stopped by Blooms and Blossoms - beautiful! What a cool coincidence - they say great mind think alike!

S+S

[Tara] said...

These beds are gorgeous, if not slightly dangerous looking!

Anonymous said...

Here's the manufacturer of the Canopy Bed

http://www.corsican.com/itemDetails.aspx?Sid=15602

http://www.corsican.com/ItemList.aspx?id=75

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