Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fabulousness
So, for all you fans of old, distressed, vintage, rusty and peeling - bring out the oxygen and prepare to hyperventilate at these fabby examples of patina perfection . . . breathe in, breathe out . . .

Images from here Verhext and from here Fint

8 comments:

Emily said...

Oh the first picture is fascinating!

marzi said...

need. oxygen. now! those stairs in the first photo are TO.DIE.FOR! i seriously want to transplant them in my house right now.

PakwaBlue said...

That twisted side support on the stairway - fabulous! But peeling paint patina - I just don't get it. Wonderful Tuscan multilayer plaster yes but those stairs just make me want to get in there with a paint scraper! I know this is not a popular view point these days but I feel there is a fine line between age and disrepair. A little shabby adds character, over-the-top peeling seems...disrespectful? (I'm not sure I'm finding the right word here.)

cartolina said...

Good morning - thank for the comments!

PakwaBlue, interesting comments and I know that many people, especially younger people, simply don't understand patina. The thing is that it's not that we all want these pieces, this style of disrepair, in our homes - we just marvel at the natural aging of wood and paint - how, when left undisturbed creates the most intriguing and inspiring colours, patterns and random textures. Not all pieces benefit from being repaired and restored in fact for collectors it reduces the value because it and erases the natural history behind the object.
For me, it's a case of living in a world where new is easy to acquire but old requires a hunt - and I love the hunt :-)

Fiona

Di Overton said...

too late I hyperventilated

Juniper said...

It's those stairs in the first photo, love them, and what great shades of green! The other photos are also nice but that first one - thanks for the warning.

krys kirkpatrick said...

I looked at every picture on both sites, absolutely beautiful. Thank-you for sharing. Great blog... I have you in my reader.

jennifer lorton said...

Your right,breathtaking! How beautiful. Don't you wish we could age as beuatifully?

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