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8.13.2009

'Antiquarian' Chic? We Think Not.

JOY: The NYT really pisses me off...
JANET: What have they done now?
JOY: Well, have a look at the photos, my dear.



JANET: Oh. My. GAWD.



JOY: They proclaim this look to be a 'hip', 'new' trend.
JANET: Ah yes, taxidermy, ancestral portraits and osteological antiques - so new, so fresh!
JOY: What gets me with this though, is the idea that one of the main components of this whole look-- taxidermy-- has somehow become mainstream cool.
JANET: And giving it a new fancy-schmancy name-- 'Antiquarian'-- doesn't actually make it cool, people. It's still taxidermy.



JOY: Ahhhh, dead animals under glass - the bane of my existence.
JANET: Yes, there are, count them- 12 birds under that dome.
JOY: And somehow they managed to fit a squirrel in for good measure - Good show, chaps!



JANET: How 'bout poor Rover? He should be comforted by the fact that the NYT thinks he's on the cutting edge of design.
JOY: Oh please, look at his face-- he's scared shitless, like he's lookin' down the barrel of a shotgun.
JANET: Yeah, well-- maybe he was...
JOY: So here's the thing, taxidermy is neither new, nor cool-- discuss!
JANET: Because Rover, God rest his poor l'il doggie soul, sure can't.

All photos: NYT

21 comments:

  1. oh, um....eeeewwwwww! Taxidermy is gross to begin with, but under glass gives it a new ick effect.

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree!

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  3. Steampunk gone awry.

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  4. Of course it's hip: look at how they sit on that couch! :)

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  5. That's just gross. Ugh! I can't imagine having a dead dog in my living room. That's a new low. I guess I'll never be on the cutting edge.

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  6. If you read the article it says that the apartment in the first two photos has no windows. I'm not sure I like the idea of living in a windowless apartment with dark walls and dead geese.

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  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying what everybody is thinking. Truly hideous!

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  8. What can I say...... awful! Embarassing! Insane! ewe................!

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  9. When I was in highschool my chemistry teacher also taught taxidermy (yeah... small town) and the room was covered in his, uh, shall we say "life's work." It was totally creepy and once someone left dead snake parts in my chemistry drawer. I've never been the same. Taxidermy is nothing more than man's "proof" that with a very large gun loaded with bullets he is able to dominate the animal world.

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  10. "Grotesque chic". I kind of love the way the chicken in the last pic is one foot away from it's own skeleton... maybe the dog just put it together.

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  11. Amen, amen, amen!

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  13. It reminds me of an Ellen Degeneres routine: "I love collecting taxidermy because I want to celebrate the beauty of the animals. Just like Grandma. She had great legs. Want to see them? They're hanging in the next room."

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  14. That dog under glass is so disturbing. I'm almost certainly going to have a nightmare about this tonight!

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  15. No more dead things! Period! Anonymous, your Ellen Degeneres quote is fantastic.

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  16. It looks like the Steptoes' Yard!

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  17. those are the "super hip" hovey sisters, hollister and porter. what would they look like in a permanent pose as floor lamps for future generations to call antiquarian

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  18. I just hope that those animals are realistic fakes, like how teddy bears or dolls are made...

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  19. Taxidermy is disgusting... AND cruel (if animals are being hunted so they can be nailed up on someone's wall)... AND weird (if family pets are being stuffed as to not forget them)

    You won't be seeing dead Fluffy or any mooseheads in my living room anytime soon ;)

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  20. Freakin' Weirdos.... Just doing their part to recycle and respect nature I guess

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  21. Beyond the dead things, why is there a portrait of George from Seinfeld on the wall?

    Laurel (@NewsyGal)

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