Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fancy upholstery gondolas

I found this group of unique gondolas on a canal not far from Piazza San Marco. What caught my eye, of course, was the extra attention given to the upholstery. Most gondolas have the standard seats, with the Naugahyde type vinyl panels bordered by shag-carpet-like fringe, and always in solid colors. These guys appear to have set out on a mission: determined to break the tradition. I don’t know where they found the materials but they are perfect, in an over-the-top, almost gaudy way. If it weren’t on gondolas, and if the other decorative features weren’t so well-suited to tie in the upholstery, this would not look good, but they succeeded and I hope their business is a success as well.

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