Stackiness, a toy steamer for really big jobs, and Joe Dallesandro on the wall. The decorator answers questions in the comments.
Tasteful Friends, Michael Cunningham Shits Better Than You
|by from Remodelista||reply 94||12/20/2014|
And yet he is alone.
|by from Remodelista||reply 1||01/24/2013|
Isn't that something.
|by from Remodelista||reply 2||01/24/2013|
Towers of books are horrible. Impractical and ugly.
|by from Remodelista||reply 3||01/24/2013|
Pretentious crackpot? Anybody know?
|by from Remodelista||reply 4||01/24/2013|
[quote]Michael Cunningham at home in his sun-flooded NYC loft. "His aesthetic sensibility also extends to his personal style," writer Elliott Holt says at The Migrant Book Club. "He tends to wear jeans, t-shirts, and boots. But not just any boots. He once told me that he buys them from Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer in Milan, who buries the boots in his backyard for a few weeks to give them an authentic weathered appearance."
|by from Remodelista||reply 5||01/24/2013|
For fucks sake get a Kindle.
|by from Remodelista||reply 6||01/24/2013|
Sounds like Hello Magazine.
"Welcome to my tasteful drawing room"
|by from Remodelista||reply 7||01/24/2013|
Books are awfully decorative, don't you think?
|by from Remodelista||reply 8||01/24/2013|
Wouldn't they all get water damage from being around water?
|by from Remodelista||reply 9||01/24/2013|
[quote]Geoff O'Sullivan Julie • 6 hours ago −Hi Julie, my construction company is ST3 Management Corp. I've barely managed a business card all these years ! I'm lucky, all my work comes from referrals , ST3 does have a FB page and a website will happen soon.
[quote][bold]And the humidity was never an issue, the extraction fan was over sized ( one of the "quiet" series from Panasonic ,I believe) and the tall ceilings also helped dispel the steam.[/bold]
|by from Remodelista||reply 10||01/24/2013|
The spines-to-the-wall book tower is like some sick fuck set out to commit the perfect crime of annoying interior design
|by from Remodelista||reply 11||01/24/2013|
[quote] Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
|by from Remodelista||reply 12||01/24/2013|
Note the appealing visuals created by the different chunks of food in my puke
|by from Remodelista||reply 13||01/24/2013|
Thanks, R10. I remain unconvinced, though. Plus, some will fall in the tub!
|by from Remodelista||reply 14||01/24/2013|
Also, how does he get to the books on the upper shelves over the tub? You'd slip trying to reach for them.
|by from Remodelista||reply 15||01/24/2013|
R15, the books aren't for reading.
That stool is an abomination.
|by from Remodelista||reply 16||01/24/2013|
I love that somehow one of the "prized" books on the stool has its lettering in kanji.
|by from Remodelista||reply 17||01/24/2013|
I wonder how his meds are arranged.
|by from Remodelista||reply 18||01/25/2013|
I'm still trying to figure out the hair. Does he have a David Letterman going on up there?
|by from Remodelista||reply 19||01/25/2013|
Sorry haters. It looks great.
|by from Remodelista||reply 20||01/25/2013|
There was an annoying profile with him in Entertainment Weekly a few years ago and he must have mentioned being on the phone with "Julia" (Roberts) five times.
|by from Remodelista||reply 21||01/25/2013|
The book stacks are moronic, but other than that, it's fine. He's a handsome man - why does he have such an awful dye job (or wig) ?
|by from Remodelista||reply 22||01/25/2013|
O God now that thing will come bitching about her friend Julie and how she got an interview with Cunningham
|by from Remodelista||reply 23||01/25/2013|
I love my life!
|by from Remodelista||reply 24||01/25/2013|
Burying boots in the ground for a weathered look?
What a pretentious piece of shit.
|by from Remodelista||reply 25||01/25/2013|
All those books right over the toilet. Nasty!
|by from Remodelista||reply 26||01/25/2013|
Hideous and pretentious. The stacked books are too deliberate and the books in the bathroom? So impractical as water and steam will undoubtedly ruin them.
Burying boots for a weathered look? Oy!
|by from Remodelista||reply 27||01/25/2013|
Cruel to mention the boots and then not show us a photo of them.
Other than the books, I love the bathroom. That tub is fantastic.
|by from Remodelista||reply 28||01/25/2013|
R20 = Michael Cunningham
|by from Remodelista||reply 29||01/25/2013|
Actually R20 is the one who posted
[quote]Why are gay atheists such disgusting and nasty creatures?
over on the God thread.
|by from Remodelista||reply 30||01/25/2013|
Flying fecal matter! Ick. Books are generally filthy under the best of circumstances.
|by from Remodelista||reply 31||01/25/2013|
[quote] Cunningham created a tower of books, spines to the wall, using the Sapien Bookcase, designed by Milan-based Bruno Rainaldi and available at Design Within Reach. Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
Lick my hairy ass. That has to be one of the most absurd affectations I've seen among all the absurdities of NYC apartments, and the caption writing is even worse.
I spy lots of titles that are "important" or of-a-moment rather than interesting or good.
Years ago I knew Cunningham a little -- mutual friends, a few dinners, even a make-out or two. He was rather charming and nothing like backasswards Milanese tower of books.
|by from Remodelista||reply 32||01/25/2013|
Oh, look! Stack of books and magazines next to the tub and the shitter! How divinely sophisticated, Mary!
|by from Remodelista||reply 33||01/25/2013|
"Angie & Emily.... Dickinson"
|by from Remodelista||reply 34||01/25/2013|
I await the announcement that Michael Cunningham was killed in the bathtub by a falling copy of Infinite Jest.
|by from Remodelista||reply 35||01/25/2013|
I see one of you bitches commented at the linked article:
[quote]Great! 1st question: What was it like working for such an obviously shallow, silly old queen and were the magazines next to the tub your idea, or hers? I mean, HIS?
|by from Remodelista||reply 36||01/25/2013|
Is he gay?
|by from Remodelista||reply 37||01/25/2013|
R37, please go to your room.
|by from Remodelista||reply 38||01/25/2013|
[quote]Prized volumes on a horn stool.
|by from Remodelista||reply 39||01/25/2013|
No, R37. Only the heir to Hemingway would write The Hours.
|by from Remodelista||reply 40||01/25/2013|
As someone who has more books than is good for him, I wish I had a bathroom spacious enough to hold a bookshelf.
And I'll be he has a shower stall where he does most of his scrubbing, so I doubt water damage is a frequent problem.
|by from Remodelista||reply 41||01/25/2013|
Books in the bathroom is just nasty. Unsanitary. If not actual, literal fecal matter, then they absorb, um, shall we say, ODORS. It's all too pretentious for words. The tub actually reminds me of Clifton Webb's tub/bathroom from the film noir Laura. Anyone who has seen that movie knows what I am talking about.
|by from Remodelista||reply 42||01/25/2013|
|by from Remodelista||reply 43||01/25/2013|
[quote]Books in the bathroom is just nasty. Unsanitary. If not actual, literal fecal matter, then they absorb, um, shall we say, ODORS. It's all too pretentious for words. The tub actually reminds me of Clifton Webb's tub/bathroom from the film noir Laura. Anyone who has seen that movie knows what I am talking about.
|by from Remodelista||reply 44||01/25/2013|
And here I was sure if someone mentioned Clifton Webb and a bathroom in the same sentence, it would involve Clifton on his knees blowing a sailor in a public loo.
|by from Remodelista||reply 45||01/25/2013|
Clifton Webb (Waldo Lydecker) typed his column in the bath (not a euphemism), and no doubt it showed, but books in the salle de bain? Highly unlikely. Waldo was an aesthete, a mincing prisspot ne plus ultra, who scolded Dana Andrews for fingering his glassware.
Concerning Cunningham, if reversed books are so amusing, why bother with the alphabetising in the tub room? Ridiculous, I'm afraid, like buying weathered boots.
Adam Mars-Jones won the Hatchet Job of the Year award for taking apart Cunningham's last effort, and it seems as though he could sense the pretentiousness an ocean away.
|by from Remodelista||reply 46||01/25/2013|
Is that a Titanic toy boat? Does he fill up the tub and play with a toy boat?
|by from Remodelista||reply 47||01/25/2013|
I see a Julian Schnabel book. Maybe he rips out the pages and uses it for toilet paper.
|by from Remodelista||reply 48||01/25/2013|
That pic of the young man with the bandana wrapped around his head in the 5th picture is none other than Joe D'Allesandro of Andy Warhol fame. Also countless sexual fantasies by some in the Gay community.
|by from Remodelista||reply 49||01/25/2013|
Shepherd's Bush, R7?
|by from Remodelista||reply 50||01/25/2013|
You all are hilarious. He's a writer, so obviously he reads books and likes to have them around. (They're in alphabetical order, so they're obviously not just a prop.) He lives in New York so he probably doesn't have a lot of space. What's wrong with the bathroom? I imagine it has a fan? The idea that it's "unsanitary" is laughably stupid.
Now the stack of books with the pages facing out - that's dumb.
|by from Remodelista||reply 51||01/25/2013|
[quote]They're in alphabetical order, so they're obviously not just a prop.
That makes no sense, Mr. Cunningham.
|by from Remodelista||reply 52||01/28/2013|
[quote]That pic of the young man with the bandana wrapped around his head in the 5th picture is none other than Joe D'Allesandro of Andy Warhol fame.
Yes, the OP noted as much.
Try to pay attention, dear.
|by from Remodelista||reply 53||01/28/2013|
What's wrong with the bathroom? I imagine it has a fan? The idea that it's "unsanitary" is laughably stupid.
|by from Remodelista||reply 54||01/28/2013|
[quote]Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
I love books! They're so decorative!
|by from Remodelista||reply 55||01/28/2013|
Perhaps Michael Cunningham does shit better than I, but the bathroom in which I do it is larger and more luxurious.
|by from Remodelista||reply 56||01/28/2013|
Books in the bathroom? I am the prior poster who said it IS unsanitary. Think about those neanderthal workplace breeders who come out of the mens' room with a newspaper tucked under their arm and then they throw it on the break table OR offer it to YOU. Do you kind of do a "No thanks?" It's the same thing. Maybe in your OWN bathroom you don't care about getting your own microscopic shit all over you (many people keep "reading material" in the bath, shall we say) but seeing that in someone else's home? Disgusting.
|by from Remodelista||reply 57||01/28/2013|
[quote]You all are hilarious. He's a writer, so obviously he reads books and likes to have them around.
Honey, I like chocolate cake but that doesn't mean I surround myself with it in the bathroom.
|by from Remodelista||reply 58||01/28/2013|
[quote]Maybe in your OWN bathroom you don't care about getting your own microscopic shit all over you
Your obsession with the idea of coating everything with microscopic shit is much more disturbing than books in someone's bathroom.
|by from Remodelista||reply 59||01/28/2013|
Dear god, it looks highly impractical and pompous in a 'in your face, peasants!' kind of way.
|by from Remodelista||reply 60||01/28/2013|
Cluedo needs a new expension pack that includes a replica of all these precious items (the monstrosity of the stool and the boots) and the bathroom set with all the book shelves.
Also a new murder/victim player called Michael Cuntinhammer.
|by from Remodelista||reply 61||01/28/2013|
For those who don't care that their bathroom books are sprayed with shit. Here's just a bit of info.
|by from Remodelista||reply 62||01/28/2013|
Some of you queens sound like you shit like monkeys - ripping it from your ass and throwing it on the wall.
I've met Michael a handful of times. He is a nice guy and has been with his partner for a good 16 years now. He is not alone. That doesn't mean he doesn't play around either - I have seen him flirting here and there. And wasn't there a story of him making out with Hugh Dancy at the wrap party of Evening?
He has worked hard for the little fame he currently has had at such a late age (late 50s - pressing 60s?) Leave him to enjoy it. I know I would be doing the same thing.
|by from Remodelista||reply 63||01/28/2013|
Hey Cunningham, your stool made of elephant ivory tusks is obscene and should not be celebrated.
|by from Remodelista||reply 64||01/28/2013|
Did you hear that?: r63 KNOWS Michael Cunningham personally. So the rest of you are thus forbidden from making fun of Cunningham! This entire forum is all about r63. If he likes a celebrity, you can't make fun of him or her.
|by from Remodelista||reply 65||01/28/2013|
Bryn Mawr has the flying feces details.
|by from Remodelista||reply 66||01/28/2013|
Halston did that spine-to-the-wall thing 30 years ago. Lost a lot of respect for him. The moral equivalent of destroying the library in Baghdad or Timbuktu.
|by from Remodelista||reply 67||01/28/2013|
R62 and R66, isn't it common knowledge that you put the toilet seat cover down before flushing?
|by from Remodelista||reply 68||01/28/2013|
Of course, what is lost in all of this is that he has written two of the best gay novels of the last fifty years--"A Home at the End of the World" and "The Hours." If I had written either of those two, I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
|by from Remodelista||reply 69||01/28/2013|
[quote] I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
Coming from hillbilly sensibilities, I'm always surprised by how many people want photos of their bathrooms published for strangers to remark upon. Cunningham has done well for himself, and may have a few bucks, but he's certainly not of the Architectural Digest crowd whose houses have virtually become public spaces.
I mean, during the photo shoot, didn't he feel silly: "This is where I like to relax. Notice the books."
|by from Remodelista||reply 70||01/28/2013|
[quote]"He tends to wear jeans, t-shirts, and boots. But not just any boots. He once told me that he buys them from Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer in Milan, who buries the boots in his backyard for a few weeks to give them an authentic weathered appearance."
My. God. So typical. It's fine, he likes nice boots. Perfectly fine. But, the buried boots detail is the sort of "look at me and value me for my stuff" shit I can't stand.
|by from Remodelista||reply 71||01/28/2013|
I sort of like the looks of the books in the bathroom. Makes it cozy. But, isn't it impractical in terms of humidity affecting the books? or not?
He's a writer, so I'll begrudge him his books.
|by from Remodelista||reply 72||01/28/2013|
[quote]he has written two of the best gay novels of the last fifty years--"A Home at the End of the World" and "The Hours." If I had written either of those two, I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
Well, there's just no accounting for tastes, is there? I suppose for those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.
Some people on this forum even believe Bret Easton Ellis is a great writer, so perhaps you're in good company.
|by from Remodelista||reply 73||01/28/2013|
I like R73. Come sit by me.
|by from Remodelista||reply 74||01/28/2013|
Take your meds R65. I said I met him a handful of times. I don't know the dude personally.
|by from Remodelista||reply 75||01/28/2013|
[quote]Halston did that spine-to-the-wall thing 30 years ago. Lost a lot of respect for him. The moral equivalent of destroying the library in Baghdad or Timbuktu.
Only Timbuktu, darling? Surely at least equivalent to the loss of burning of the library at Alexandria, and the bombing of Dresden.
I think you need to take yourself down to his apartment building this very minute in a crocheted beret, and wheel up and down until Spring a beribboned pram bearing a placard: SPINE TO THE WALL HALSTON CULTURE VANDALS REPENT!!
|by from Remodelista||reply 76||01/28/2013|
The bathroom is a terrible place to keep books. As others have pointed out: sprayed with shit and urine and destroyed by the moist environment. Horrific!
Do we really need a crocheted beret and a beribboned pram, r76? Can't someone just go down there and save those books from a death by bad decorating?!?!?
|by from Remodelista||reply 77||01/28/2013|
I understand the humidity issue, but why would the books have to be sprayed with urine and feces?
|by from Remodelista||reply 78||01/28/2013|
She's a pretentious poseur, albeit one with a pretty big cock...
|by from Remodelista||reply 79||01/28/2013|
If Cunningham is "pressing 60," R63, it's from the plus side, not the minus side.
I think he's always taken himself way too seriously. I remember him running around NYC when THE HOURS was a big deal, with peroxide yellow hair like some wanna-be MGM starlet. Kind of tragic.
|by from Remodelista||reply 80||01/28/2013|
Aren't books just divine? There so decorative!
|by from Remodelista||reply 81||01/28/2013|
"Hey Cunningham, your stool made of elephant ivory tusks is obscene and should not be celebrated."
Horn doesn't mean ivory. For one thing, elephant ivory is much bigger than those horns. Also, it's illegal to own ivory unless it was "harvested" before the anti-ivory laws came into being. The horn from that stool is most likely from long-horn cattle-- by-product of the beef industry. Just like leather. You certainly welcome to object to it, but at least know what you're objecting to.
|by from Remodelista||reply 82||01/28/2013|
Just adding to R82, nobody would upholster the cushion with naugahyde if those were elephant ivory legs. Nobody.
|by from Remodelista||reply 83||01/28/2013|
[quote]And the humidity was never an issue, the extraction fan was over sized ( one of the "quiet" series from Panasonic ,I believe) and the tall ceilings also helped dispel the steam.
bullshit. all those books are gonna mildew.
|by from Remodelista||reply 84||01/28/2013|
Is The Snow Queen any good?
|by from Remodelista||reply 85||12/14/2014|
Every one of those books is laced with E Coli. Ditto for the gossip rags in the basket next to your shitter, gyrls!
|by from Remodelista||reply 86||12/14/2014|
A stack of magazines is fine, but I would never store books in my bathroom. I don't care how well ventilated it is, those books will warp eventually.
|by from Remodelista||reply 87||12/14/2014|
He used to troll the steamroom at the West Village Equinox. He has a very big dick.
|by from Remodelista||reply 88||12/14/2014|
Bump for books and big dicks
|by from Remodelista||reply 89||12/20/2014|
I can't imagine what kind of gymnastics would be required to get a book from the upper shelves over the tub. Seems downright dangerous. Having said that, it would only make sense if those books are being stored there rather than read.
To the fecal contamination hysterics, some of us were taught to close the lid before we flush and not play with our poo. If I read a book while I'm on the throne, of course it will be put down before I wipe so I'm not sure how it would become contaminated.
|by from Remodelista||reply 90||12/20/2014|
I adore him and his beautiful bathroom. I met him at a party once, some years after the "Hours" came out, and was immediately taken with him. Fantastically intelligent and very masculine in many ways.
|by from Remodelista||reply 91||12/20/2014|
I had lunch with him once with a couple of friends - one of my friends is a writer who had written a piece on him - and I was flustered and embarrassed myself in front of him, just foot in mouth stuff, and now every time I see him all I feel are pangs of humiliation. He's one of my favorite writers, and now I can barely look at his books.
|by from Remodelista||reply 92||12/20/2014|
His books since The Hours have all been huge disappointments. Apparently he shot his entire wad on that one fantastic novel.
|by from Remodelista||reply 93||12/20/2014|
I guess I'm a philistine like R69. One of my very favorite books is his Flesh and Blood. And I love both Home at the End of the World and The Hours. As well as his book on Provincetown. (But not Specimen Days.)
|by from Remodelista||reply 94||12/20/2014|