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Mon Mar 13, 2017, 04:32 AM

Design expert identifies Trump's prefered style of interior design as "Dictator Chic"

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/dictator-chic-donald-trumps-over-the-top-style-has-a-name-and-hes-not-going-to-like-it/

“Dictator style” is what journalist and author Peter York dubbed Trump’s glittering, gold everywhere, marble-and-frescoes interior design aesthetic in an essay for Politico on Sunday, writing that Trump’s residence in Trump Tower is exactly the sort of place in which ruthless dictators around the world like to ensconce themselves.

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In 2007, York published the book “Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots,” in which he examined “what makes dictators’ houses so recognizably similar.”

“I ended up with 16 case studies — strongmen from Mexico’s Porfirio Díaz to Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic — and most of them, I concluded, obeyed 10 defining ‘dictator chic’ rules,” he said.

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After his book came out, York was deluged with photos of every dictator’s residence that was discovered as their empires collapsed. In 2015, though, he came across a set of unlabeled photos that he didn’t recognize.

“They appeared to show a gigantic apartment in what looked, from the windows, very much like New York. But I know Manhattan and its sophisticated style pretty well, and at first glance, you would think the place didn’t belong to an American but to a Russian oligarch, or possibly a Saudi prince with a second home in the United States,” he said.

“There were overscaled rooms, and obviously incorrect-looking historical detailing and proportions. The home had lots of gilded French furniture and the strange impersonal look of a hotel lobby, with chairs and sofas placed uncomfortably far from one another. There were masses of gold; there were the usual huge chandeliers, branded relics of famous sportsmen like Muhammad Ali, and mushroom-colored marble floors. There was relatively little in the way of paintings, but otherwise, the place reeked of dictator chic,” he said.

That residence turned out to be Donald Trump’s Trump Tower penthouse, decorated by “Henry Conversano, who designed extensively—and perhaps unsurprisingly—for casinos. No matter how you looked at it, the main thing this apartment said was, ‘I am tremendously rich and unthinkably powerful.’ This was the visual language of public, not private, space. It was the language of the Eastern European and Middle Eastern nouveau riche.”




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Showing off wealth.
Pseudo-historical designs.
Toxic masculinity.
Nouveau riche.

It's fake. Everything is fake. Trump's style tells us he's a person who puts glamour over substance.

And it's perfectly in line with Vanity Fair's culinary critique of his restaurant: The dishes show none of the skills or sophistication of a real high-scale restaurant, with expensive ingredients desperately slapped together, as if expensive ingredients automatically lead to a tasty dish. An uncouth person's idea what fancy cuisine looks like.

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Reply Design expert identifies Trump's prefered style of interior design as "Dictator Chic" (Original post)
DetlefK Mar 2017 OP
onethatcares Mar 2017 #1
Botany Mar 2017 #2
GWC58 Mar 2017 #3
JawJaw Mar 2017 #4
Maru Kitteh Mar 2017 #8
Botany Mar 2017 #16
WePurrsevere Mar 2017 #5
DetlefK Mar 2017 #7
WePurrsevere Mar 2017 #10
bigbrother05 Mar 2017 #13
Granny M Mar 2017 #6
alterfurz Mar 2017 #9
Ligyron Mar 2017 #11
Mc Mike Mar 2017 #12
Javaman Mar 2017 #14
Foamfollower Mar 2017 #15
L. Coyote Mar 2017 #17
Blue Owl Mar 2017 #18
Wounded Bear Mar 2017 #19

Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 04:38 AM

1. maybe it should be called

Saddon's Palace? Wasn't a big thing made out of Saddam's Palace being ostentatious?

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 04:56 AM

2. No wonder Trump doesn't like Camp David because their is no fake gold there.

“’If I’ve only got one life,’ most dictators seem to think,” York said, “’let me live it surrounded by gold.’ When you have all of your country’s resources at your disposal, why not? Gold furniture, gold wall decorations, columns with gold capitals, gold taps. Bright gold, fake gold, shiny alloys for functional metalwork. Viktor Yanukovych, the recently deposed pro-Russian leader of Ukraine, lived in a positive blizzard of gold, which was revealed to a waiting world when he was ousted in the country’s 2014 revolution.”

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 05:01 AM

3. Has he even been to

Camp David? I don't think so.

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Response to GWC58 (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:06 AM

4. Trump doesn't do camping!

Even spending time in the White House is clearly 'slumming it' by his vulgar standards.

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Response to GWC58 (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:27 AM

8. There are no crowds there to fawn and admire, agape at his presidenting.

No masses to be amazed and atwitter when he enters the room.

Without fawning crowds, the man is in hell. What fun is that?



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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 08:18 AM

16. Who could ever be comfortable @ this place?

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:15 AM

5. Interesting write up. I would never have thought to use the word...

'chic' to describe Trump's home but I'm not a professional designer. I can easily see how Trump's home reeks of a dictator type of OTT style, I just use cold and uber tacky instead of 'chic'.

OTOH that style certainly does accurately reflect Trump's mentality since he seems to really like it that 'style'. He probably envisions himself as a modern King Midas (while forgetting the lesson of that myth).

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:24 AM

7. Oh, the Midas-touch is definitely there.

The food Midas touches turns into gold and he starves to death.

Trump is craving validation and admiration, but his behaviour in searching that is exactly what repulses people and denies him that validation and admiration.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:36 AM

10. I agree with your take on Trump but...

in the versions of the Greek myth I've read Midas didn't die from starvation because of his golden touch. If he hadn't prayed to Dionysus to have it reversed, after turning his child to gold, he probably would have eventually though.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 07:34 AM

13. An old friend's phrase for elaborate, gilt items - "piss elegant"

That was the first thing that came to mind about tRump's decorating style.

Beauty Pageant chic would cover their clothing choices, a step up from HS Prom couture.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:16 AM

6. Tacky.

Just so fucking tacky. His hair, his clothes, his blabbering bombast, his lack of taste in everything.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:34 AM

9. the extremity of his King Midas complex...

...can be seen in the yellow-dyed hair and yellow-orange spray tan--he's even trying to turn himself gold!

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 07:06 AM

11. Gold is supposed to be used as an accent, like in a picture frame f.i.

It calls attention but that apartment is a tasteless mass of vulgar kitsch.

A tawdry, inelegant mess - just like its owner.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 07:09 AM

12. Suggest replacing 'tator' with 'head' in the descriptive label. rec, nt.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 07:51 AM

14. sounds like rococo style but in tRumps case it would be ro-cocka. nt

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 07:55 AM

15. Somebody needs to put together photos of Trump's places and various dictator palaces

 

It could be a hoot!

Think of it, Trump's penthouse compared to Saddam's palaces.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 08:32 AM

17. And I was going with "Faux Crazist Guild." Maybe i just don't have a good handle on design.

I was also thinking "Enemy of Mother Earth" style.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:23 PM

18. He's also a chick tater dick

n/t

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 06:28 PM

19. It's why he does a lot of his entertaining foreign leaders at Mar-el-Lago...

It's more "regal" looking than the White House.

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