A few minutes ago I was happily tootling along wandering around my office building when I happened to pass the room of my graphic artist friend Bruce Till. On Bruce’s monster monitor (although he doesn’t like to boast) was a mega cool image as shown below.
“Ooooh, Tasty!” I thought to myself. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a view like that?” I can imagine myself relaxing after a hard day’s work, quaffing a cold beer and looking out over the New York Skyline.
So, I asked “Where was this photo taken?” Bruce looked at me pityingly and replied “It’s not real, you know!” It turns out that this is a composite; a creation that owes its existence to the wonders of digital magic; a “pigment of your Fig Newton,” one might say.
The city skyline comes from one image and the patio and wall comes from another. Even the bushes are independent images (or, more precisely, a replication of a single image).
“Oh well,” I said, “At least the wooden furniture is real.”
But even here, it turns out, I was wrong (shades of having a conversation with my wife :-) It turns out that these outdoor chairs and tables are actually aluminum (or “aluminium” in the Mother Tongue).
These little beauties are made by a company called the Lazy CF Ranch (www.lazycfranch.com
). Although they are made out of aluminum, the result looks just like Rustic Oak, Bent Willow, Mountain Pine, or Antler.
Personally, I love the look of the Rustic Oak and the Bent Willow – I’m hard-pushed to choose between them. Not that it really matters, because at $3,500 per chair there is no chance that these little scamps will ever grace my humble abode … but they do look mega cool, and there is an attraction to having outdoor furniture that looks like wood but that will survive for hundreds of years…
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