Maison et Confort

Not that this blog is going to turn into an endless series of posts mocking catalogue tat, but I found this one lying around, inexplicably abandoned in a bookshop the other day, so I had to pick it up. Pictures can be clicked to view large on flickr.

Erik and sgazzetti – you’ll both be receiving a set of these next Christmas:


Below: “The friends of Nature know that all trees have a soul. But now they also have a face! The separate elements are in synthetic stone; the eyes shine at night.”


Below, extract: “Simply plant the character in a hedge or behind a barrier with the aid of the large metal bar, and observe the magic effect he has on passers-by. He’ll put even the grumpiest people in a good mood!”


And finally, in the bathroom section of the catalogue…


 I love her pose and expression. Does she think it’s a telephone, or is she just cuddling it?


16 thoughts on “Maison et Confort

  1. rasman1978 March 28, 2008 / 2:04 pm

    “Observe the magic effect he has on passers-by”, indeed!

    That photo of the shiny balls is pretty impressive. As we all know it’s hard to not get the camera in a shot like that. It must have been done with a strong telephoto lens hidden in the bushes back there. Probably some Photoshopping helped, too.


  2. simonlitton March 28, 2008 / 2:07 pm

    Judging by other elements of the shot, I don’t think it was that long a lens. Certainly not enough for the photographer to be hidden in those bushes. I think Mr Knoll’s software may indeed have been used.


  3. V-Grrrl March 28, 2008 / 5:22 pm

    Forcing myself not to comment on the woman and her red, red lipstick and “relaxation” device. Oh no–I’m not going there…


  4. sgazzetti March 28, 2008 / 6:01 pm

    “He’ll put even the grumpiest people in a good mood!”

    I want to put this assertion to the test immediately. Get one of these in the mail to Arlington, Virginia right away.


  5. jane March 28, 2008 / 6:06 pm

    This just in from Arlington, Virginia: NO THANK YOU.


  6. Peter March 30, 2008 / 1:16 pm

    LOL Simon, that’s the way some more conservative Belgian postorder companies sell their vibrators: as a “relaxation device” 😉

    My neigbour reads the same catalogue and actually buys much of those wondrous inventions that serve no purpose: just owning them seems to satisfy her.


  7. birdandpickle March 31, 2008 / 3:53 pm

    “Relaxation device” is really quite honest.


  8. Peter March 31, 2008 / 7:19 pm

    Indeed birdandpickle, although in all honesty I often wonder why some of my female neighbors make that much noise when ‘relaxing’ 😛


  9. Karen MEG (Pomtini) April 2, 2008 / 5:01 am

    Don’t all women prefer a good cuddle anyway LOL!

    That tree gives me the creeps!


  10. Emily April 5, 2008 / 7:00 am

    I shudder at the beige ridged super deluxe vibromasseur–and not in a good way.


  11. Bert van Oijen May 5, 2008 / 1:37 pm

    Good morning,

    A client off mine has haerd that there was an article of TrapArt in Maison et Comfort.
    Is is an article about staircases.
    Can you sent me a copy off that article plaese.
    Mij name is mr N.P.C. van Oijen
    Biesteweg 12
    3849 RD Hierden

    Thank you for you help.

    With best regards

    N.P.C. van Oijen


  12. Norm August 14, 2008 / 3:21 pm

    A relaxation device? If that’s what it’s called then I was born with one on the end of each arm, formerly known as hands…

    I have also added this to my mental list of masturbation euphamisms and it lands itself firmly in the top five! Still, it hasn’t knocked “Wanking Spanners” off Number 1 spot yet…


  13. Laura November 4, 2009 / 11:40 am

    More tat??? Wow! All I ever get sent is the Lidl catalogue.

    This time I would choose tree face and Papi Schmidt.

    Is that a paddle next to the lady with the relaxed jaw?


      • Laura November 4, 2009 / 11:55 am

        Brilliant. No wonder she looks so happy.

        I assume the picture of a corpse underneath the paddle is a warning of what could happen if you spank too hard.


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