AT on Harry Potter, Interior Designer

AT on Harry Potter, Interior Designer

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 29, 2005

While cheerfully admitting to being a JK Rowling fan (happily on page 129 of the new book), we were surprised to realize this week that bound up in the prose and drama of these books is a very strong and purposeful sense of interior design.

Rowling's "Harry Potter Style" is at once old fashioned, comfortable, cozy & disshevelled
and signals (to us) a refuge from and a reflection of the troubling times brewing within (and without) the books.

Here's a typical passage from page 38:

The room was strewn with various possessions and a good smattering of rubbish. Owl feathers, apple cores, and sweet wrappers littered the floor, a number of spell books higgledy-piggledy among the tanged robes on his bed, and a mess of newspapers sat in a puddle of light on his desk.

This comforting and even attractive clutter is Rowling's hallmark (it is even in the design of her personal website), and it is followed by many more descriptions of old, cluttered and worn rooms where food smells great and you don't have to worry too much about keeping your elbows off of the table. Its friendly, familiar and - most importantly - safe from the dangers outside the door.

As much as we are experiencing similarly troubled times outside our own doors (AND Rowling's books are about this), could there not be a movement afoot away from modern, FAB and directional and back to a more George Smith, English Country House, Restoration Hardware, Shabby Chic in the near future?

We think there could be, and we're on the lookout. MGR

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