30 Jan 2010

Unhappy Hipsters

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Lying on his back, watching the passing clouds, he worried over the Nathaniel Hawthorne lookalike’s role in this grim threesome. (Dwell magazine, November 2009)

The blog Unhappy Hipsters exists to mock the spare and alienated modern architectural and interior design aesthetic celebrated by très, très chic Dwell Magazine simply by captioning some of its photos of the sophisticated “at home in the modern world.”

My wife, who brought this one to my attention, is naturally sympathetic to Unhappy Hipsters’ jaundiced viewpoint on expensive moderne minimalism. Our preferred houses tend to be old, and thoroughly cluttered with books, weapons, natural history specimens, Orientalia, and sporting prints. A friend from Yale once described our native habitat as “decorated by Stalky & Co.” Our design aesthetic might be described as Addams Family Excess.

Where do those hipsters keep their books? one always wonders.

Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

3 Feedbacks on "Unhappy Hipsters"


Hey, same here!
Floor treatments are often got wrong. One needs to have a livable surface, and yet a surface that can withstand the leavings of livestock, as well as a shod horse, if the occasion should arise.
“My house is yours,” I tell them chez nous.


Yes the books! I love the minimalism but i can’t figure out how to do it with the ton of books i have, and I’ve already whittled them down to the ones I really need. Maybe they don’t buy books but read everything on their Kindles.

Steve Bodio

I should send you a photo of some of our rooms– picture your decor in a four room rock house!


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