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    Default 'Unrepentant modernists' on Staten Island

    Tina Vultaggio, 39, an architect, and her husband, Kevin Rice, 40, with their son, Jonathan, 3. The couple bought their home in Fort Hill Circle in St. George, Staten Island, shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.














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    what a mishmash of ikea crap and wood paneling.
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    the only thing i like is the kitchen, the rest is crap.....but if you're going to use glass front cabinets, try to keep your shit neat.
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    Kitchen is nice, the rest looks like any home on Main Street in hometown U.S.A.
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    Looks like a 70's dentist office. Panneling is horrid. Why was their house photographed?
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    I was wondering the same thing-why photograph this bland mess? Maybe the kitchen. Just tiresome.
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    Same. I see nothing interesting about it whatsoever. Looks like it could be a house in my neighborhood (a boring little subdivision in a boring little suburb).

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    Maybe it's all the modernist furniture?

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    a little boring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    what a mishmash of ikea crap and wood paneling.
    Yes! I was trying to figure it out...all of these rooms looked like they were literally plucked from the pages of an Ikea catalogue. Except the little boy's room, which has those godawful foam tile thingies...ever try walking on those in socks?
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    I like some of their individual pieces of furniture, but I admit I like Ikea. Some of Ikea's stuff is junk, and I hate trying to navigate their stores, but I have a few Ikea things and am really happy with them. They're not things I want to feature, though--they're just functional. I think Ikea's room designs are way, way superior to this.

    The living-room sofa here looks like the Ikea Klippan model, except something is different about the arms, so I'm not sure. The kitchen may be Ikea's Akurum line, or just something that looks like it. But some of their pieces looks like actual midcentury ones or better-than-Ikea knockoffs. I like the things in the "den" or whatever they call it.

    So to me, the problem is that the way they've arranged the furniture is ridiculously uninspired. Seating is just smooshed against the walls. The living-room in particular is a mess, with the couch squished under the window by the wall and the levels all over the place--a low couch and chair, next to high shelving and a tall floor lamp? There's no balance, either, which could've been achieved by using matched or nearly-matched pairs of things. I don't count those shelves beside the window, because the way the fill in the corners is ugly and boxy and closes the room in. I guess if I had to keep those, I would maybe connect them by building a window seat. Then pull the furniture out into the room and change it, like two matching sofas, some table lamps that match and are at the same height, an actual coffee table of some kind--something with a great design that would serve as the center of things. There's nothing to connect the furniture items--like that rocking chair in the LR just floating there by itself, and waiting for someone to bump into it.

    Or the bedroom, with things randomly scooted against the walls everywhere in a mish-mash--what is modern about that? It's just suburban clutter. So what if some of the pieces are vintage? Ugh.

    This woman's supposed to be an architect, so I can't excuse the lameness. It isn't interesting. And worse, it violates basic aesthetic principles. I don't hate it, but it's very average and awkward.

    ETA: Sorry, I know this is too long for a home thread, but I'd normally like this kind of interior and am annoyed.
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    Why would they invite people to take pictures of their tired looking interiors?
    Don't tell me they thought up and PLANNED the place to look like a sixties
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    shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.
    Relevant why? Were they too fucking traumatized by the towers' collapse to get rid of the paneling?

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    9/11 made people run away willy nilly
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Relevant why? Were they too fucking traumatized by the towers' collapse to get rid of the paneling?
    Yeah - I wondered about the 9/11 reference too. In any event the pics look like they were taken shortly before 1961.
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