Eames LAR, Circa Modern | Artwork, Conrad Jon Godly | Quote via Lotta Agaton | Interior for Elle Decoration - ph. Pia Ulin, stylist Lotta Agaton | Candle, Ontwerpduo
Now I've ditched CHAIRSMITH, I've ditched talking in the first person plural. And I prefer it this way. When I first started blogging it was all about the subject matter. The person behind the words was an irrelevance, and therefore I chose to take a back seat. Opting to write as if there was more than one person behind CHAIRSMITH also allowed me to be anonymous, to have no identity - and this is something I felt comfortable with at the time. But a few years down the line things began to get tricky. At times, I was unable to write the words I wanted to write because sentences become too burdensome to formulate using 'we' or 'us'. I abandoned tweets I wanted to send or reply to as I'd be unable to make the language work. But I counterbalanced this with the personal amusement gained from observations and comments other folk continually made about CHAIRSMITH. Not once was I mistaken for a female. On the contrary, I lost count of the times I'd receive comments which included the words 'he', him', 'chap/s', 'Mr' and 'guys'.
What? Don't chicks do mid-century modern? They do. I know. But perhaps modern chair design is more synonymous with the male of the species, whereas the fairer sex are typecast as preferring chinz and over-stuffed upholstery. I don't know, but it's worth dwelling on for a moment.
Two things happened towards towards the end of my career at CHAIRSMITH (and please feel free to laugh at the 'career' reference) which culminated in my name - my actual, real name - being published alongside the name of my former blog. This was weird. It looked weird. It felt weird. But it turned out to be the moment I'd been waiting for - an opportunity to come clean about the real me. And now I like being me, and having a name and communicating using words like 'I' and 'me'. And I quite like having an about page, about me.
Hey, it's all about me!