Monday, March 15, 2010

"Repurposing" fail.

I love it when the Internets read my mind-grapes. After my post on repurposing large objects into coffee tables, including an industrial cable spool, CasaSugar found this side table from Ballard Designs.

According to Ballard's description, the side table is "inspired by actual spools used by French rope makers to display and sell their natural fiber manila rope." It also has storage; lift the top and you can place things inside.

Even though I like the idea of repurposed furniture, I can't say I like this piece. First of all, it's not an actual spool. It's "inspired by" a spool. They made it on purpose, from scratch, to look like a spool, even though it never ever functioned AS one. It's a wannabe spool. That kind of thing reeks of pretention to me -- someone's going to spend almost $200 on a side table that attempts to give the air of the industrial and the working class. It's disingenuous.

Also, it's kinda ugly.


  1. this reminds me of that wagon wheel coffee table in When Harry Met Sally

  2. hiya! i came across your blog the other day (i honestly cant remember how) and i LOVED it. it couldn't have come along at a more perfect time.

    i'm moving to a new area soon and the only places that i've been able to find within my budget are teensy (and i mean TEENSY)little bachelor/studio apartments. at first i was excited - i saw it as a decorating challenge that i could rise to.. but after seeing a few places, reality hit.

    anyways, whatever i end up with, i'll be sure to check out your blog for inspiration and some empathy for my own future tiny-ass apartment.

    (ps, the blog name rocks my socks, too.)


  3. I'm feeling what you're saying here. Though, as a seamstress, I kinda love the idea of a *real* spool table: like, take a big wooden cable spool and wrap it with multicolored rope so it appears to be a big spool of thread . . . that would be uber-cute, at least in my apartment;)

  4. Annelise: Hm, I don't remember that! I'll have to check it out.

    Courtney: Thank you! If you come across any specific problems you want addressed with your new casa, let me know!

    Ginger: Exactly! I wrote about it a bit here: I like the idea of repurposing something authentic... This one just seems so fakey. Now, for a seamstress, a spool table would be cool... Maybe with a giant tomato pincushion on top? :-P

  5. Yeah, I think it's ugly too. And to put something that you don't just love in such a small space is just ... wrong.
    Then again, maybe the owner of this table LOVES it but I don't.

  6. maybe the spool would look better if it wasn't next to such an ugly couch! The couch should be a giant pin cushion bean bag chair :)

  7. Makes me think too much of Roald Dahl's "The Borrowers."

  8. LOL! Love it. I'm in the process of "repurposing" some spools and came across your blog post. Hilarious. I agree, if a DIY project takes that much money/time or it's not even made from the materials it is posing as, it's lame. :)


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