was in pretentious coffee shop in bermondsey wondering how to move on from this 'as found' aesthetic which has become ubiquitous and artificially created ("curated"). from a green point of view it's great that we know how to make acceptable interiors by reusing things, but if that's the ideal it's worse than pointless to buy new 'old' furniture and strip the walls of a 20 year old building to look like a 19th century warehouse.
- reused furniture
- found finishes
- what to do with suspended ceilings? screen print tiles? stick-on graphics?
- a toy on every desk!
- self-congratulation (the unintended irony of modern 'hipsterism' is that it is never hip to appear to be trying hard)
do not ever put the words 'ethical coffee' and/or 'dare to dream' on your walls.
a definition of hip with an eye to the original version:
living a life
with a critical attitude towards conventional value systems
and a love of creative self-expression, especially in pursuit of alternative and richer ways of life