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3/12/2017 8:40 am  #1

Dictator Chic

In 2006, British author Peter York wrote a book, Dictator Chic, in which he identified all the design characteristics that autocrats’ homes have in common: gaudy gold-detailing, faux 18th-century French furniture, buildings of ludicrous scale and more. As York writes, President Donald Trump’s Manhattan penthouse would fit right in. Here’s a closer look at the aesthetic style of dictator’s past—the glass and the marble, the mirrors and the self-portraits—and how Trump’s own style compares. 

The main sitting room at Trump’s Manhattan apartment follows almost every rule of “dictator style”: marble pillars set against marble walls, low-hanging glass chandeliers and over-sized period furniture—so far apart, it would be hard to have a conversation.

Excessive gold detailing is another feature of dictator style. Here, a gilded glass dining table at Trump’s apartment is set for tea—with glasses and other serving items that are also gilded.

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Last edited by Goose (3/12/2017 8:42 am)

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

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