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Friday, March 14, 2008
The Animal Collective...

I don't like animals. Any of them. I had some yellow goldfish about 2 years ago, and one of them committed suicide by throwing itself out of the goldfish bowl. I scare animals and they scare me (this includes children between the ages of 0 and 9).
However, I'm learning to embrace the beauty of all God's creatures via French design company iBride (a play on the word 'hybrid'). iBride designs are the result of a collaborative effort from 3 members of a family in the south of France, and the name is perfect because their collections are a meeting point of function and art, combining a modern aesthetic and nostalgic, romantic imagery. It's a plus that the trays are also made from recycled materials so you won't feel guilty about buying one (or more than one!), and they're multifunctional - wall art or serving tray? You decide.

The collection of animal furniture turns boring stores into menageries full of whimsical, unsmelly and useful creatures, and I can imagine that they'd have a real presence in homes they're in as quite surreal centerpieces.

And the trays are beautiful intricate affairs, covered with vividly-coloured images of curious squirrels and deer, as well as beautiful black and white photographs of women layered with floral sprays and dreamy romanticism. They're enough to turn the most domestically disabled person into a host/hostess (even if friends and acquaintances are gathered with the sole intention of showing off). The trays with the images of women from different cultures are supposed to be visual archetypes which are supposed to evoke the idea of ancestory; the way people used to hang portraits of older generations on the walls, which I think is quite an interesting idea.

Et finir, la musique avec un thème animal (though I'm not quite sure this is right, my french is a bit random):
Hounds of Love - The Futureheads
Spiders - Say Hi
Wild Horses - Mazzy Star
Kitty in the Middle - The Presets
Blizzard Ape - Eulogies
She's the One - Caribou
The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
Balloons - Foals

I've now spent another day avoiding my work which I think makes this a record 3 weeks of procrastination. If anyone's beat me on this front, please let me know so I can feel like I'm not a complete failure.

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