Other than the expensive therapy bills it cost me from all the brutally painful 1970s flashbacks I experienced while reading it, I loved James Lileks’ Interior Desecrations book last year, which carried this important WARNING! on its back cover:
This book is not to be used in any way, shape, or form as a design manual. Rather, like the documentary about youth crime “Scared Straight”, it is meant as a caution of sorts, a warning against any lingering nostalgia we may have for the 1970s, a breathtakingly ugly period when even the rats parted their hair down the middle.
What does this have to do with furniture? Nothing. Everything. The kind of interior design you’ll see in these pages is what happens when an entire culture becomes so besotted with the new, the hip, the with-it styles that they cannot object to orange wallpaper