Saturday, February 7, 2009

You Say Goodbye, And I Say Yellow

No, you don't have to stay home. But it would help if you stayed away from this particular office, too. Perhaps this is a really fine executive washroom. We say washroom in Canada, you know, and this is a Canadian ad, circa 1967. Take a letter, Jamison, then take a shower.

But perhaps "truly fine" is actually code for:

-yellow tiled walls
-olive green raised picture of pseudo Greco-Roman dancing ladies
-fake wood tables and desks (must have extra-sharp corners)
-strangely shiny mint green floor
-curtains made out of my mother's early-Johnson-administration paisley slipcovers
-a fake wood sideboard with cranky olive green head in residence
-yellow plastic and green tweed desk chairs, poised to send the occupants flying across the room at an inopportune moment

Although if the chair you're sitting on happens to zoom out the door, consider the moment opportune.

16 comments:

Bill said...

♣I like the glass ashtray prominently positioned on the conference table. Must have our smokes during a pow-wow!
♣The green tweed chair seems poised to strike.
♣It's a shame they couldn't find a larger head for that sideboard. The spindly legs would give out, but they could always use old phone books to prop up the ends. What do you think they keep in those little drawers? They're too small for files. My bet is on cartons & cartons of cigarettes.
♣The floor is groovy. The furniture almost seems to hover over it.
♣I like the tile wall, but it would be more at home in a vintage kitchen or bath. That's probably why they don't have a typewriter in the picture. The only things in the room to dampen sound are those LBJ curtains & the steno pad. The typewriter clatter would drive everyone out of the room.

sassafrasjunction said...

The yellow! It BURNS!

Tori Lennox said...

I think Bill's on to something regarding those drawers!

TheSnackHound said...

What the heck is that thing on the desk near the lamp? A little gazebo?? Or is it one of those things where the metal balls go back and forth. I can't make the picture big enough to see, but I am intrigued.

Also, I think the drawers are too small for files because they are so moderne, that even their file folders, papers, and what not are EXTRA streamlined...practically invisible.

Kirsten said...

LMAQ! "poised to send the occupants flying across the room at an inopportune moment"
I would so do that!

Chat Blanc said...

ha! it looks like a bad acid trip! ;)

unfinishedrambler said...

Yikes. I just on another blog that he uses urine-yellow in his blog template to make other people run to the bathroom. Is that the same reasoning here? Yikes! It had be to said again after that disturbing photo.

Lidian said...

Bill - Maybe this is some sort of strange kitchen makeover...

sassafrasjunction - Yes it most certainly does.

Tori - I agree, I think he is too.

The Snack Hound - I believe the technical term for the little gazebo is tschotchke.

Kirsten - You and me both! Like you can do with a grocery cart at the store! Not that I've ever, ahem, done that...

Chat Blanc - Yeah, that could explain some of it...

unfinishedrambler - Now you've got me curious about whose blog that is! But why would he not want people to stay at their screens, utterly mesmerized?

Anonymous said...

i think the yellow chairs may be naugahyde...do you know how many naugas gave their lives for these chairs?

i think the gazebo type thing may be a circular pipe rack. hey, if you can smoke ciggies at work, why not a pipe? although i think whoever decorated this room was smoking something stronger, or maybe was on acid.

Relax Max said...

So much criticism!

Michele Cameron Drew said...

A nice relaxing yellow... lol! The only two colors I hate in furnishing are yellow and orange! This is a great post though Lidian... :)

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ettarose said...

This is what Elvis's house looks like. It is the same as when he was still living and it is all green and yellow. In fact this picture reminds of the kitchen at the Mansion. Well except his kitchen was extremely tiny.

Phyl said...

Yegods. The whole room just hurts the eyes! Maybe the motivation is to keep the worker's eyes on his work (it would likely have been "his" at that time), and the nose to the grindstone. Ugh!

Lidian said...

Anonymous - You may be right about the pipe rack. There were SO many pipe ads back then!

Max - So much criticism, so little time. Or, as I used to hear back in the 60s. "It's not a criticism, it's a comment!"

Michele - Just add aqua and they can open up a HoJo's in here. Thanks for the tag, I'll go check it out!

ettarose - In that case the drawers may be full of bacon and bananas.

Phyl - Yes, it would certainly keep you awake and tense.

GoRetroGirl said...

Hmmm...I do like the yellow chairs, though. They call me mellow yellow...

Lidian said...

GoRetroGirl - Funny you should mention that, I was trying to work Donovan into the title and that song kept going through my head! Alas this yellow is not so mellow, is it?