Ring out the old, ring in the new?

Ox chair from Shop Domak.dk I was approached late last night – very late last night, actually, by a furniture store owner who wants Prim Perfect to look at more modern furniture.

I think he is perhaps under-estimating the scope of the blog that accompanies the Prim Perfect magazine. Yesterday, for example, we looked at the work of three very contemporaneous designers (Colleen Desmoulins, Elise Fugazi and Kingston Augustus) who work together as The Loft3. And we’re currently working on a major article on an issue that has gripped producers of modern furniture in Second Life – relating to the issue of intellectual property in design.

Looking at the items available in the current treasure hunt might give some idea of the sort of balance Prim Perfect has.

There are sixteen items to hunt for. Of those, I’d say three are contemporary, original pieces (not reproductions of contemporary designer though – original pieces in a modern idiom). The piano is a lovely piece – and timeless. Of the rest, two pick up on the Halloween theme of the magazine – and have a medieval feel.

Three are classic pieces of furniture: – a bed, a desk and a lamp. Some are accessories, and harder to date. Perhaps the towel rail is more classic than contemporary … but that vase could fit in with a castle, or a very contemporary apartment … the doll is definitely Victorian, but might please a modern collector … and then there’s a fountain, some flowers and a fish – all of which are wildly uncategoriseable!

Nook in the Odaesan House I think that’s probably a fair representation of the magazine as a whole. Some medieval, some classic, some modern – and quite a lot that are timeless, or could at least fit in many periods. And quite a lot of the things we cover are unclassifiable in such terms.

The builds that have been appropriately furnished by our designers of the month we’ve featured have been a modern Venetian apartment, a stateroom on a modern cruise liner, a medieval castle, an Asian themed house and a medieval cottage. Plans are in hand for a Victorian Christmas in a manor house and January in a modern ski chalet.

Our readers’ homes of the month have varied too – they have ranged from that Arts and Crafts masterpiece, the Odaesan House, through a very cool modern beach house, to the fabulous Arcana Nuevo and the dark Castle Twilight.

Perhaps we’ve had a preponderance of older styled large builds – what do readers think? My own feeling is that the builds have demonstrated in their design and in their contents the best of Second Life – and modern design has played a part in that.

Dining room at Castle Brolio For example, we took the medieval Castle Brolio on Tuscany Island, and filled it with modern furniture. The whole concept that underlay that work was a modern family who lived in a medieval castle – with a few of the family antiques, but mostly with contemporary furnishings.

However, the style was contemporary comfort rather than contemporary cutting edge. And perhaps we should be looking more at cutting edge design in Prim Perfect. Not just copies of modern furniture classics (although those have their place), but things that are more radically adapted to Second Life, or created especially for it.

What do you think, readers? Add your comments and let us know what you’d like to see more of in the mag and/or the blog (remember, there’s a prize for the best letter we receive!).

And while you’re at it, why not take our survey? It’s only five short questions – and it would really help us!

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