Pondering Polder, Times Makes Telling Typo

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By Stephanie Murg Comments

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We hate to make a fuss over a typo (the phalanx of shifty-eyed copyeditors here at UnBeige HQ are under enough pressure as it is), but we can’t resist a good Freudian Slip. In Michael Cannell‘s “Design Loves a Depression” piece published in the Week in Review section of yesterday’s New York Times, he follows up the mention of Marcel Wanders‘ half-naked girlfriend tending bar from the ceiling with a shot of sobering reality:

Now, given that all those slick Miami condos are sitting empty in the sky, designers like the Campana Brothers, with their $8,910 Corallo chair, and Hella Jongerius, with her $10,615 Ponder sofa, might have a harder time selling their wares.

Jongerius’ sofa for Vitra might appear ponderous—with its cheeky asymmetry, multi-shade cushions, and mismatched buttons affixed with high-tech parachute string—but it’s called Polder, not Ponder. Although we hear that Hella have no fury like a sofa scorned, this typographical blip pales in comparison to the time that Vanity Fair described Charles and Ray Eames as “designing brothers.”