It's also my father and grandfather's name - my grandfather was born in 1895 - he had the name before it was cool - back then it was just Swedish.
|Chair by Carl Axel Acking, Sweden. 1950's|
For reasons too complicated to explain, my Dad called my brother "John."
When I asked about it, he said the names Axel and John were very similar - in Sweden the name Axel was as ubiquitous as John. Although I doubt he used the word "ubiquitous."
When I started first grade, there was a boy named John who sat next to me. The first words out of my mouth to him were,
"Oh, your real name must be Axel."
I was six. I was missing teeth. Substitute the "x" sound with a "ss" sound and guess what I called the kid...
He never talked to me again and it took twenty years for me to figure out why.
The mixing of two dissimilar names is not that different than my recent style faux pas.
I am an aspiring minimalist.
I wear black in winter and white in summer. It is my uniform.
I purge the house every January and delight in throwing things out.
Recently, I have had an awakeing.
Mid Century Modern is to Minimalism as Axel is to John
In other words - they have nothing in common!
I was at the home of an acquaintance who collects MCM and, although I didn't take a photo, the room looked something like a cross between the two photos on the right.
Her personality and love of her collection made the room feel welcoming and comfortable.
One of my favorite things is to have my opinions stretched.
I walked away feeling the room was perfect.
I'm mildly claustrophobic, I don't think I can live with too many items surrounding me (I already battle the kid's clutter), but I no longer feel MCM and Minimalism are one in the same.
Minimalists can be a little smug.
I try not to be, but I see that I can kind of fall into that category.... and now I realize my tendency to judge style can make me a bit of an Axel...or Ass-le...as my six year-old self would say...
See you soon