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A bedding set with realistic pavement and cardboard box prints keeps you cozy while benefiting a good cause. Is it tasteless or altruistic? Or a little bit of both?
Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 08:30 AM
No matter what you think of the concept behind La Trottoir flat sheets
and Home duvet covers
and pillow cases
, you have to admit they’re quite striking in execution. The La Trottoir flat sheet mimics a city sidewalk with a crisp photographic print of pavement; the Home duvet cover and pillow case feature a just-as-arresting print of a cardboard box.
The idea here is clever — “sleeping on the street while in the comfort of your bedroom” — but it’s also quite a serious one as 30 percent of gross profits from the sale of Home duvet covers and pillow cases is donated to Centrepoint
, a wonderful U.K.-based charity that provides housing and services to homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults. And although the bedding is not crafted from organic cotton as far as I know, it is responsibly made in Turkey and Pakistan.
The minute I saw the La Trottoir sheets and Home duvet covers used together
, I was amazed by the aesthetic effect. I was also pleased to read about the charity that their sale helps support. But I can also see why some would think sleeping in bed on a faux sidewalk under a faux cardboard box would be considered tasteless, insensitive. What do you think? Is this bedding a noble, well-executed effort or ironic design gone too far?
La Trottoir flat sheets (£39.95, single; £54.95, king), Home duvet cover (£49.95, king; £42.95, double; £33.95, single), Home pillow case (£5.95) @ Dutchbydesign.com
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