Guns as a home decor trend


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Henry Bowman
January 24, 2006, 05:23 PM
http://www.boston.com/yourlife/home/articles/2006/01/19/misfire/

Misfire?
By Linda Matchan, Globe Staff | January 19, 2006

What's stylish this year in home design?

Bold graphic patterns. Blue and brown, used together. Bamboo. Green walls.

And guns.

Hel-lo?

Yes, design afficionados, it appears pistols, AK47s, and other graphically distinct firearms have become the latest cute, iconic silhouettes.

''For some odd reason, designers all seem to have come up with this idea at the same time," says Helene Ige, who designed a line of Victorian-themed pillows, including one with a pistol design, which she sells in her Los Angeles store, called Ige.

We will go out on a limb here and say this is perhaps not a nice message to be sending to consumers. At the risk of sounding anti-hip, isn't it remotely possible that gun design might be interpreted as the glorification of violence? Doesn't the home fashion industry -- like the clothing fashion industry -- recognize that their images pack a powerful subtext? (See: Mayor Thomas M. Menino's campaign against ''Stop Snitchin' " T-shirts.)

Obviously not everyone thinks so. Today's gun motifs are ''executed with more wink than menace," chirps the happy-go-lucky shopping mag Lucky, which featured the trend in its January issue.

We decided to talk to the gun-slinging sources.

''A gun is more than just a weapon," says Ige. The design of her silk pillow, she says, ''was based on the beauty of the object, not what the object was used for. The image is historical rather than violent."

And what's up with the Philippe Starck gun lamps? ''The guns collection is nothing but a sign of the times," the French designer wrote in a narrative poem about the lamps. ''Weapons are our new icons. Our lives are only worth a bullet."

The lamps are sold at a design store called Moss in New York and at mossonline.com. Moss president Franklin Getchell says Starck ''wanted to make a statement . . . about the way in which guns and gun imagery have insinuated itself into our everyday life." So does Moss, which has recently carried a series of war-themed products, such as gun soap and grenade votive candles. ''We want our store to comment on the pervasiveness of this stuff in our society, which we are not supporting."

But isn't there a danger that this subtle message might backfire, given that the average consumer does not drink from the fountain of Cool-ade?

''We've had people in the store from Texas who wanted to buy it because it was a gun," Getchell acknowledges. ''It was not an ironic lamp to them."

Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company.

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Zundfolge
January 24, 2006, 05:32 PM
"We've had people in the store from Texas who wanted to buy it because it was a gun," Getchell acknowledges. ''It was not an ironic lamp to them."

Oh the HORROR! :neener:

Preacherman
January 24, 2006, 05:35 PM
Oy gevalt... every time a lightbulb burns out, does that count as an accidental discharge? :eek:

:evil: :D :neener:

Manedwolf
January 24, 2006, 05:37 PM
Oh the HORROR! :neener:

The Starck lamps are pretty bling, anyway. They're really shiny gold Beretta 92's and AK-47's with a black shade lined with gold inside.

They're not exactly "understated", more "to be shown on MTV's 'cribs'", from the look. Like they're doing anything but marketing. :rolleyes:

I wonder if the soap thing will filter down to gun shows? I see on eBay that someone has a candy or soap mold that looks like a S&W revolver. I can just picture someone walking down the aisle with a Glock in their mouth...

The Real Hawkeye
January 24, 2006, 05:40 PM
This idea was already done on I Dream or Jeanie. Major Nelson hired an interior designer who totally did his house in a gun theme. The lamp was a Thompson submachinegun, and when Major Nelson flipped the wrong switch, it shot holes in his ceiling.

El Tejon
January 24, 2006, 05:45 PM
So, guns on the wall are chic now?

Man, Indiana has been way ahead on this trend!:D

Next thing you know flannel shirts and hats with seed or farm implement companies will be hot.:evil:

Manedwolf
January 24, 2006, 05:49 PM
So, guns on the wall are chic now?

Man, Indiana has been way ahead on this trend!:D

Next thing you know flannel shirts and hats with seed or farm implement companies will be hot.:evil:

The flannel shirt thing (AKA the Maine Dinner Jacket, up here) already came and went. Remember the grunge look? :D And yeah, actually, if you go into a store like Urban Outfitters, people are paying $25 for pre-beat-up vintage shirts with bad 1970's-style iron-ons for midwest farm equipment shows, campgrounds and state fairs.

middy
January 24, 2006, 06:02 PM
I can just picture someone walking down the aisle with a Glock in their mouth...
Were you at my wedding!?

f4t9r
January 24, 2006, 06:06 PM
I have run into some people looking for old guns or ones that do not work or copies to hang on the wall for decoration. Looks kinda cool hanging above the fireplace

CypherNinja
January 24, 2006, 06:22 PM
Were you at my wedding!?

LOL!!! :D

:rolleyes:

M.E.Eldridge
January 24, 2006, 06:33 PM
I have run into some people looking for old guns or ones that do not work or copies to hang on the wall for decoration. Looks kinda cool hanging above the fireplace

I hang my flintlock over my fireplace, as well as a possibles bag and empty powder horn and homemade antler horn knife. It looks great. I wonder how many others do something similar.

Chrontius
January 24, 2006, 06:52 PM
Were you at my wedding!?

I just bit my lip I laughed so hard. :D

Standing Wolf
January 24, 2006, 07:18 PM
We will go out on a limb here and say this is perhaps not a nice message to be sending to consumers. At the risk of sounding anti-hip, isn't it remotely possible that gun design might be interpreted as the glorification of violence?

Nope. All the guns I've got out here and there around my house are works of art. They're functional art, to be sure, but art, all the same.

Those who are scandalized don't have to stay for dinner.

McCall911
January 24, 2006, 07:45 PM
Guns as a home decor trend

Good!

Hmm...and this report coming from Boston, MA, no less!

We can only hope that there might be a decline in hoplophobia from this trend!

Kodiaz
January 24, 2006, 09:30 PM
man I've been wanting to mount my guns on my walls for some time now granted they would be operational guns that would be loaded

Stickjockey
January 24, 2006, 09:59 PM
Guns as a home decor trend

So where can I pick up a Kalashnikitty bedspread?

Herself
January 24, 2006, 10:32 PM
...At $1.5K for the mossonline item, it would actually be cheaper to buy a real Beretta service sidearm used, some lamp hardware and gold leaf, and make your own!

...Those fretting about gun bans might find this an interesting way to hide a little something for a rainy day... "Oh, that? Not a gun: it's Art."


Stickjokey: plain cotton bedspread from Target, inkjet or laster-printable iron-in transfers by Avery or whoever from any big box office-supplies outlet plus a little work in image editor of your choice: custom bedspread! Mondo kawaii!

--Herself

Manedwolf
January 24, 2006, 11:20 PM
Were you at my wedding!?

*snrk* Okay...that was good. :D

Norton
January 25, 2006, 06:34 AM
I'd much rather these people realize that guns are meant to be owned and used by law abiding citizens and are not conversation pieces or novelties.

Maxwell
January 25, 2006, 09:01 AM
Hmm... I got mixed feelings on this one.

Some people are afraid of guns, deathly afraid, like you would be of a snake or a large insect. To them guns symbolize abused power, death, the cheapness of life, etc, etc...

So by the sounds of this some designers are using guns to decorate like goths use razor blades, stockings and face makeup for pure shock value. Their statement is to intentionally make someone else uncomfortable with "art".

Dosnt bug me much personaly, its just a thing you put on your wall.
Its just kind of funny how someone would want to play at making an anti nervous without understanding the pro-gun side either.

''We want our store to comment on the pervasiveness of this stuff in our society, which we are not supporting."

A double loss :scrutiny:

Many homes used to have a long gun hanging over or near the door, whats old is new again.

Janitor
January 25, 2006, 09:26 AM
isn't it remotely possible that gun design might be interpreted as the glorification of violence?
Blisstwit.

Violence? I have completely lost count of how many guns I've owned over the years, and I have shot the hec out of all of them.

I'm unable to speak for the history of some of my guns (most notably that used 2.5" K frame .357 I picked up) so I don't know if those few have see any action. But ... and imo this is an important "but" ... none of my guns has ever been used as a weapon.

Not once. I know this is an iconoclastic view, but I think that maybe, just maybe, guns and violence don't always walk hand in hand.

Manedwolf
January 25, 2006, 10:08 AM
Blisstwit.

Violence? I have completely lost count of how many guns I've owned over the years, and I have shot the hec out of all of them.

I'm unable to speak for the history of some of my guns (most notably that used 2.5" K frame .357 I picked up) so I don't know if those few have see any action. But ... and imo this is an important "but" ... none of my guns has ever been used as a weapon.

Not once. I know this is an iconoclastic view, but I think that maybe, just maybe, guns and violence don't always walk hand in hand.

I often compare old guns and old warbirds. People admire the beauty of a B-17 or P-51 flying over an airshow...yet both were designed as weapons. One was designed to drop thousands of pounds of explosives on cities, one was designed to outmaneuver and shoot down enemy aircraft or strafe targets on the ground.

But they're beautiful. And they do NOT need to be used for their original purpose to exist, just as a Garand is a beautiful object that does not need to be used to shoot at other people to be useful and admired. Warbirds can simply be flown for sheer enjoyment of both those flying it and those on the ground watching.

A gun is a mechanical object. Regardless of the reason for which it was designed, it can be used for that purpose, or in exhibitions of marksmanship, in sport, or simply to be admired for the artistry that went into it. Why does a 1911 have the rackish angle of the grooves along the back of the slide? Sure, it's a grip to pull it, but they could have been vertical. The designers went beyond the purely utilitarian. And like any object where that was done...that artistry is to be admired and displayed.

geekWithA.45
January 25, 2006, 10:42 AM
isn't it remotely possible that gun design might be interpreted as the glorification of violence?

Isn't it remotely possible that it's not automatically glorification of violence?

Isn't it remotely possible that guns are simply interesting and beautiful objects, of honorable purpose, and fully worthy of proud display?

Isn't it remotely possible that not everyone is on board with the blissninny agenda?

:cuss:ing thought fascists.

Deathrider1579
January 25, 2006, 10:49 AM
''We've had people in the store from Texas who wanted to buy it because it was a gun," Getchell acknowledges. ''It was not an ironic lamp to them."

Friggin A!

Rupestris
January 25, 2006, 10:57 AM
$995 for that lamp?!

Lets see...

Airsoft 1911 from the sporting goods store - $20
fine metallic/chrome silver spray paint - $5
Lamp and shade from Target - $15
Additional parts that couldn't be scavanged from the Target lamp - $5

$45. Done.

Henry Bowman
January 25, 2006, 11:31 AM
Rupestris, you can't measure the value of art by the cost of the materials!:rolleyes:

Rupestris
January 25, 2006, 11:39 AM
Rupestris, you can't measure the value of art by the cost of the materials!:rolleyes:

I know. I was being facetious. :p I should have added a smiley.
Art is subjective. Personally, I just think someone can ugly up a room with fake firearms for alot less than the cost of that lamp, but thats just me.

I'd rather have a floor lamp made out of an old working SxS double like the one in The Great Outdoors with John Candy. :D

ArfinGreebly
January 29, 2007, 10:03 PM
The Nature Company once did a line of t-shirts, scarves, pillows, and other stuff that was emblazoned with bugs.

Frankly, I'll take a pillow with a gun over the same thing with a REALLY LARGE SPIDER any day of the week, thanks.

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