Remember when we were kids? And how at some point in our early tweens, our parents took us to some family furniture store like The Brick, or Ikea, or in my case, Consumers Distributing (‘member them?), to get you that ‘next stage’ bedroom set?
I remember not liking the ‘matching set’ even back then, and turning my nose up, settled on a chrome tube bed frame (very Bauhaus) from Ikea (my sister still sleeps on it — it rocked!) a black Billy book case, and a utilitarian computer desk from Consumers’ that combined both the chrome of my bed, and the black veneer of the Billy.
I remember giving my new room a once-over and deciding it needed a ‘pop’ of colour (I was 11), a task with which I charged my desk lamp and chair, both of which worked it, in ’80s red. It was as eclectic as an ’80s bedroom could be at that time, and if I may say, the envy of all my friends. Their rooms consisted mostly of knotted pine, or that matchy white veneer — there is a special hall in hell outfitted exclusively in white, pedestrian veneer — which promptly got covered in grubby fingerprints.
I know I was lucky to have had parents who pandered to my aesthetic caprices, but what surprises me, is how many people as adults, still harbor the impulse to go for a matching set. To me, it belongs firmly with magazine cut-out collages, in the early teens. Am I wrong?
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