What's Your Design Pet Peeve?

What's Your Design Pet Peeve?

Jennifer Hunter
Jun 20, 2012

I'm a tolerant person; I'm open to new ideas, new styles. I readily subscribe to the notion that what's in your home should make you happy, no matter what. But there's one design trend I just can't accept: the karate chop pillow, that silly business of "chopping" an indentation into the top of a throw pillow.

It drives me bonkers; it makes me grit my teeth with rage. I would wallpaper my house with "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters before I would let one karate chop pillow on my sofa. Simply, I hate it.

Why such strong feelings about a pillow? In fact, this trend annoys me so much because it is bigger than a pillow. To me, it seems to reinforce the idea that design is precise and static — you can look but can't touch — never a welcoming attitude in a home. And, to add insult to injury, pillows are meant to be comfortable!

It screams, "A designer was here," and I think (and I suspect many designers would agree) that a well-designed space is one that feels personal, like someone could actually live there, enjoy the room, touch things and relax.

Ironically, I have a feeling that the karate chop began innocently enough; maybe someone was fluffing a pillow so it looked comfortable and inviting. But it's somehow morphed into a pointy, drastic trend that feels sterile and contrived.

But enough about me. Tell me, what design trend gets on your nerves and why?

(Image: Bliss Studio)

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