Keeping in line with all things Design Dish, I’m launching a new series called Half Baked. This series is dedicated to that gray area where sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it’s fixable (like a design flub) or sometimes it just needs to be
burned donated! Either way, it’s always fun to peer at products that either make their mark or miss it.
Today I’m discussing all things quirky. There is however a fine line between quirky fab or quirky WTF. Tastemakers of the jury, I present to you:
Verdict: FAB- This thing-a-ma-bird is one rockin’ cock!
Verdict: WTF. I gag just looking at the dog’s stance, never mind the turd on/off switch. I’ll bet that it’s a floor lamp just so you’re forced to step on it and surely your guests will get a kick out of stepping in dog poo. And why does it have to be coiled like a garlic knot? Just gross.
If you’re going to do quirky, the goal is to catch your house guests by surprise, make them laugh, ask questions or want to know more about how something this spectacularly bizarre made it’s way into your home in the first place. This is usually the part where I get blamed… “it was my looney tunes designer’s idea…. but it’s kinda fab right?” The answer is yes. It’s always fab if it evokes a conversation (and not the dry heaves).
So in honor of beloved and quirky things, I’ve rounded up a selection of finds that push the boundaries of design and are inspiringly outrageous, in a way that is Quirky Fab.
Jonathan Adler’s convo inducing ceramics make him the King of Quirky. Look closely, what are we really seeing here??? Yep, it’s T&A turned into abstract awesomeness.
Then there’s this goofy gorilla, looking half fierce in hot pants and half bronzed…
….and this silly sweatered kitty….
… and this vintage pink poodle with a spaghetti style coat and rhinestone necklace!
And finally, if you’re willing to take it from subtle shock value to a full on funny (funny haha and maybe also funny weird), I leave you with a duck table, a creative addition to any children’s room.
NOW, please note there is a MAJOR difference between something that is quirky and something that is well…. a WTF. Fine line people, fine line. But since that line is often blurred, here are some WTF pieces I found while putting together this post. You’ll know the difference immediately! I can’t believe some of it is actually out there being sold.
First up: #1 Body Parts Gone Wrong
They are nearly always out there. Case in point, what on earth do you do with this spread eagled mess on top of a lucite table?
Dorothy, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore. Party is over, let’s turn those ruby slippers right side up, mmm’k?
No-no #2: ceramic, plastic or wax baby or severed baby appendage
NEVER! Babies are best served up swaddled, not with a candle wick! Why would you ever want to burn a baby? This is on par with displaying a voodoo doll as home art. It’s not cool, it’s not hipster and it’s certainly not funny…. it’s straight up funny farm.
Moving onto #3: Creepster Chic
I could just see version 2.0 of this knob shaking your hand back. Not happening.
Ok so now that the rules are clear on good use of quirk and not so good, I hope you will go out and find something unusually inspiring! If you have something already, tell me about it!
Me too ladies, me too.