From the hysterical blog Stuff White People Like, based on the best-selling book by the same title, click here for the Full List of Stuff White People Like. If you are offended that's perfect: you fit category #101 which is......Being Offended.
Modern Furniture is #79 on the list. The associated post ends with:
In situations where you need to improve your connection with a white person, just mention how you hope to be successful enough to one day afford an original piece of furniture by (insert obscurely named architect)
. If they have heard of the designer they will nod in agreement, if they have not, they will also nod in agreement and make a note to look it up later.
In either case, your status will rise.
I'd love to be able to say that this white couch sits in my living room. But that would be a white lie. I'm not calling it an out-and-out lie because I really did have a white couch once. My first husband and I bought a small, plain, brown couch at the Salvation Army store in Reno. We were in college and it's what we could afford. The couch was well-made, clean, and cozy and we named it Pooh Couch because it's rough brown wool upholstery looked like Pooh Bear.
I decided it should be white with splashy-colored pillows and I enlisted my mother to help with the project of recovering it. She was fearless when it came to sewing, and I was her opposite so this meant that she was vital for my success.
The material I selected at the fabric store was a pure white, thick, super-suede material. With my mother's brilliant measurements of Pooh Couch -- I remember that the haughty clerk was impressed -- I purchased just the right amount of fabric. The total cost was off the charts for any sensible single item home decorating project. But the end result, even if considering our hours of labor as an expense, was a really trendy and less-spendy couch than could be found in a studio. It turned out beautifully and my mother and I had a marvelous time making it together over lots of laughs and lots of coffee.....which happens to be #1 on the Full List of Stuff White People Like.