Nothing mass-produced

Watching The Block, and the drama involving accusations that a winning room was a direct copy of an interior design store’s styling had me thinking about how I like to decorate **.

 

I like vintage pieces and because you’re reading my blog, you must too. I’m not one for discount store cheapies. I’m mindful of the ethical issues surrounding the mass production of items that retail for a few dollars. I also don’t like generic looks, I like my home to reflect our individuality.

 

is nostalgia all the rage?

I was quite taken by an article called Made by Hand in Eco Outdoor’s Live Imperfect (pictured above). It begins with the statement: “we live in a world surrounded by mass production” and argues that mass-produced items are cold and sterile. Then concludes that handicrafts and mass produced items can co-exist. The author poses some questions:

Is it nostalgia? The desire to be unique? Or are we fighting the industrial revolution to create a life and style that is more authentic?

Industrial Revolution

In some ways we think a mass-produced item isn’t of good quality. Not reconciling that the scale of production drives down costs. Mass production improved standards of industrial production hugely. Which impacted on society in many ways – spawning the middle class being one.

The very middle-class socialist William Morris, was concerned that factory production was removing opportunities for individual creativity. His resolution was the revival of handicrafts. Or what we refer to today as the Arts and Crafts movement.

Many craft based associations and communities were founded, and handmade became stylish. To satisfy this trend, some large-scale manufacturers introduced hand made or hand finished ranges. Like this cat figurine made by Anglia Pottery.

 

Ironically there was an elitism in William Morris’ arts and crafts movement. His intentions were egalitarian, but handmade products are costly to produce, and the customers for these items were, of course, the better off.

 

Unless you have all your furniture custom made, weave your floor coverings and hand-block your wallpaper, thousands of people have the same things in their homes, and likely use them in similar ways. Decorating is all about copying something that somebody else did before us taking inspiration from other designs. The benefit of mass production today is cheaper materials make items affordable for all. We can reflect our individuality using antique or vintage pieces.

 

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We had that bed first, but in teal.

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