Will despot decor catch on in Ireland?
Feeling a little powerless in your life? Well according to the FT, despot decor is coming your way if you live in a western city. You may feel like a minion in your everyday life and think your innate superiority and general fabulousness has gone largely unrecognised but inside your own four walls you can be master or mistress of all you survey (if you are despotic enough to get your family to go along with it that is).
Inspired by the opulent palaces of Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein et al the dictator chic look is designed to make you look all-powerful and intimidating and keep your guests in a constant state of awe . I’m not sure how I’d implement the look in my three-bed semi but apparently a good starting point is to hang a portrait of yourself looking important and imperious in all major rooms especially the bathroom so visitors can contemplate your regal bearing while they sit on the throne (gold plated of course).
Another essential is an enormous gold eagle or a marble lionhead and all furniture should be as uncomfortable and unwelcoming as possible, preferably in the old style of the absolute monarchy. Then it’s a case of out with the Laura Ashley and anything fluffy or squishy and in with the gold paint which should be lashed on every available surface. And remember no amount of ormulu and marble is too much. Scale is also important – everything has to be miles too big for comfort. Why settle for a lampshade when you can have a chandelier the size of a two-car garage a la Saddam Hussein?
The FT predicts that dictator chic is coming our way but are we ready for it as a nation? Or have we seen enough scenes of unbridled extravagance for one lifetime already?