If you're ever up for a slightly depressing tour of yesterday's design fads, mosey on over to your local architectural salvage yard. There you'll find a whole galaxy of onetime architectural must-haves, from stoneware sinks, pinstriped toilets and gold-plated faucets, to rocket-ship fireplaces, wet bar cabinets, and heaven knows what else.At one time, somebody somewhere paid dearly for each of these moldering castoffs in order to be at the forefront of architectural fashion. Fast-forward a decade or two: Since the fads that originally impelled homeowners are now stone dead, and since there's nothing quite as dated as a formerly hot fashion, these once-coveted items are unceremoniously ripped out and demoted to recyclables. It's surprising how quickly a design fad can make the transition from emblem of taste to architectural albatross. Case in point: Think back to one of the popular trends of the 1990s: concrete countertops.Made with indisputable artistry, often with sinks ...
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