How to Tell When You’re Over-Propped
How many of the things in your home are props? How about your car or your office? Props in this case mean things that are put there for style or to make a statement, but are really never used for anything else. Kurt Andersen, who wrote for an architectural magazine in the 1980s, noticed the props when he visited the homes he was writing about.
“I was always amazed: they were exactly propped with perfect art books,” Mr. Andersen said last week, recalling how obvious it was that the homes had been styled by someone other than their occupants.
“Maybe all these people were interested in the same Botero coffee table book,” he added. “But I don’t think so.”
Since then, the self-consciously styled home has become almost commonplace, particularly in cities like New York and Los Angeles where creative types congregate. “It’s not just rich people now,” he said. “It’s all of us.”
The article at the New York Times theorizes that the explosion of props has to do with social media. Blogger Elaine Miller says,
“People are insanely self-conscious,” Ms. Miller said. “People act like they’re always being watched. Even their house is a performance.”
(Image credit: Flickr user Juhan Sonin)