Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Chinoiserie 2012 - Eclectic Mix & Color & a Question
Everyone has loved the February 2012 cover of Veranda with its eclectic and colorful mix of a formal neoclassical console table, Chagall art, chairs covered in ikat, gilded Louis sconces, a cherry objet d'art, and of course, the Chinoiserie element, the pair of blue and white Chinese porcelain vases. Just below is a closeup shot. Intestingly, I was able to find a photo of the same space from the portfolio of the interior designers from before the Veranda photo shoot that is shown at bottom.
The original console table has been changed, which was too high for the chairs and out of scale. The too heavy magnolia branches in the Chinese vases were switched out for the more delicate and more colorful pink cherry blossoms. The Chagalls have been rearranged and a new one has appeared. The cherries are also a new addition.
I personally think the original space was uninspired and it was the photo shoot that created a knockout space for these interior designers. I wonder how many other rooms published in shelter magazines we we would feel the same way about if we saw them before the photo shoot? How many of the interior designer rooms we have fallen in love with are more a product of the staging for the photo shoot than the talent of the interior designer? I have seen a myriad of examples of this phenomenon from going through the online portfolios of interior designers. In this example, one can't say either that the designer was deferring to the wishes of the client because this is the home of the interior designer herself. Thoughts on this? Don't you prefer the after version as well?