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Weird Rooms Hardcover – October, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Artbooks; 1st edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764900102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764900105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

For most people, home is not only a personal sanctuary, it is a personal statement. This book features some of the most completely bizarre rooms in houses across the United States. The authors sought out people whose personal obsessions and fetishes have led them to transform their domestic environments into quite unusual places. Some rooms are designed solely to enshrine pop icons, like a Kennedy Room or an Elvis Room. One man transformed his entire apartment into a spaceship with rolls of duct tape, tin foil, and a few dozen computers and television sets; another turned his bedroom into a Lego City, complete with an airport, cathedral, and city hall. Most of these rooms were originally created out of necessity for collections run amok, or as a fantastic refuge from the outside world. Packed from cover to cover with curiosities, you can be sure to pick up some unorthodox decorating ideas.

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An obsessive streak appears to be a common trait of many persons who, after happening one day upon a particularly compelling item, become avid collectors of an entire genre of related objects. Nearly 2,000 smiley-face objects form the backbone of one man's highly personal decorating scheme pictured here. For other eccentrics, obsession manifests itself as huge collections of shoes, toys, religious statues, or, in one instance, hideous monsters created by a motion picture art director. What drives these collectors to accumulate so much stuff? The accompanying text provides limited insights. Overall, the mystery remains as to why certain people choose to live in interior spaces that visually challenge all who enter. Alice Joyce

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1997
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When Confucius said, "A picture is worth a thousand words," this was the book he had in mind. Words just cannot do it justice.

WEIRD ROOMS is not your mom's coffee table book. It is a collection of photos of truly obsessed collectors "at home" with their collections, accompanied by brief interviews in which the subjects talk about their collections, how they started, and how they developed into the remarkable assemblages of items displayed here.

From toys to shoes to faux fruit to the Man of a Thousand (Smiley) Faces, to a "spaceship" cockpit constructed from 23 old computers and 4,000 rolls of duct tape, WEIRD ROOMS has something for everyone. I know it made *me* feel better about all those sheep in my living room!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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I loved this book! There is a part of me (the flamingo and fishing frog part) that understands the urge to surround yourself with interesting things that other people find slightly (or completely) weird, but some of these people are beyond even my ability to grasp. The pictures are fascinating -- kind of like looking at a car crash. Buy this book!! You won't be sorry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hoot on August 20, 2002
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The rooms featured in this book are amusing to look at, but more interesting are the essays written by the people behind the rooms. One man painted the walls of a guest room to appear as if you're inside a bird cage with an enormous malevolent cat staring down at you. If you find this intriguing, buy the book! Makes a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biblioloca on June 26, 2007
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Love this book--wish it were available in pb & yes, should be a sequel! I keep telling people about this one...
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