This dining table is covered with a highly patterned cloth and place mats are set at each of the chairs. There is a sense or order and precision in the layout of furniture, the crispness of the patterns, the quality of the upholstery, the sense of space…and yet somehow at the same time it seems so overcrowded. This tablecloth looks intricate and pretty in its patterning and yet on closer inspection I can see bowls and trinkets spread untidly across a window sill.
I’ve just noticed that each of these four, wooden dining chairs are upholstered in a differently patterned fabric. The one next to me appears to centre on a metal fork and bowl, encrusted with old tomato sauce. Lovely! And this more orangey one that I’m sitting on features a cluttered ensemble including a tin of chocolates, a used lolly stick and food wrappers! I’m noticing more now. There is one covered in paneer and turmeric-stained washing-up froth and another that’s sporting empty Time Out wrappers. If you sit on it you’ll miss it!