Monday, June 9th, 2008

Deja Mag Compliments of Peter Dunham


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Do you ever experience deja mag? I picked up a Western Interiors a few weeks ago and I tore out this Peter Dunham feature, thinking I’d do a post on masks sometime in the near future as they seem to keep popping up everywhere:


Then I decided to give my April Domino one last glance before filing it away, and saw Mr. Smiley with Horns again here:


If I had that big face/mask/whatever thing in my house, I’d want it as a one-of-a-kind piece. Is this the same house and he just rearranged? Or does he buy big faces in bulk at Pier One Imports? Inquiring minds want to know!

Are we going to have to add this particular piece to our Design Drinking games? One more sighting and I say yes!

Bonus: Can you find any other matching items in these two photos? I spy a Chinese stool and coral in both. I do admire his mixed palette of textures, colors, prints, eras and styles – that is really hard to pull off, and P.D. does it with aplomb. He’s also a cool dresser and he digs maps, so he’s aces in my book. Anyway, I do prefer the less cluttered, cowhideontopofotherrug-less room on top. Do you like one more than the other? If so, why?

•Top photo by Grey Crawford for Western Interiors. It is much better in the magazine, as my scanning makes the image less than ideal.

•Second photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Domino

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Maryam in Marrakesh says:

    June 10th, 2008 at 10:12 am (#)

    Okay, you are going to laugh but I have two of those masks, too. But mine are smaller and one is red. Also I have two masks that are round, 1 meter wide, and very similar in inspiration but a checkerboard pattern. All these masks are commonly found in places like Mali and Ghana. They are more graphic, more modern, more whimsical (and less scary) than many of the more 3 dimensional masks, and can transition more easily into other styles.

  2. Becky says:

    June 10th, 2008 at 11:27 am (#)

    Hi Maryam! I like the mask, I just though it was funny to notice it in two different rooms by the same designer in the same month or two, as I thought of it as a unique piece!


  3. Becky says:

    June 12th, 2008 at 6:29 am (#)

    Hi Guys,

    Reader KRISSE left a comment yesterday, and my finger spazzed and I deleted it (I was reading it before coffee; big mistake!) I thought she made some really good points so I wanted to make sure it made it back into the comments section. Here it is:

    “Lots of designers use the same elements one project to another, and many clients want exactly what the designer has done before. It is easy to name the designer and their signature style by looking at the photos. I guess if it isn’t broken why fix it. Personally I would get bored.” -Krisse

  4. Hatch: The Design Public® Blog » Blog Archive » It’s Back! The Ubiquitous Mask! says:

    June 18th, 2008 at 11:24 am (#)

    […] my own personal Where’s Waldo of design magazines. For the third time in as many months, Peter Dunham’s African mask is in a design publication. This month, it’s House […]

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