BRIANA: We may be through with a trend, but that doesn’t mean a trend is through with us. I spotted a Keep Calm and Carry On tray in a kitchen in House Beautiful’s July/August issue and a mug in this recent Apartment Therapy post about HomeGoods.
So, where does your KCACO opinion fit on this chart? Backlash? Backlash to the backlash? Have you always liked it? Always hated it? Has it gone so far out that it’s circled back around to being in again? Has it transcended trendiness and gone straight into timelessness? Am I asking too many questions?
I will admit, the KCACO phrase is a little tiring. Good thing people are scraping the phrase and keeping the style though:
But I think it’s annoying when it doesn’t make sense, like this one:
LEANNE: I want one that says “Keep Calm; Take a Xanax.”
GRANT: I don’t like being bossed around like I’m some chump. I see this and think, “Y-O-U stay calm and go away!”
KAYLA: I loved it until everyone started making it:
- KEEP CALM AND PARTY ON!
- KEEP CALM AND JUST KEEP LAUGHING.
- KEEP CALM AND EAT LUNCH/BACON/ETC.
- KEEP CALM AND THROW A TRACKER JACKER NEST AT THE CAREERS.
Now I’m just exhausted. But I have to say, there is ONE exception to this for me and it’s this.
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I think the KCACO graphic art and the FOR LIKE EVER graphic art defined a certain time in design: The end of the Domino Magazine era and the height of Brooklyn modernism. That being said, I think it’s great as an indicator of interiors circa 2007-2008. But people should just own up to the fact that it’s gonna be a bit dated and overdone.
BRIANA: KCACO feels like the design equivalent of “Call Me Maybe”. Loved it the first few times, but its reign must end. Give it ten years and I’ll probably be sentimental about it, though. Like, I’ll find that Keep Calm mug in a thrift store and buy it for two bucks.
I think (and hope) that “Keep Calm and Carry On” will never go ‘out of style’. [...] When I see that poster, I think of the 33,000 people who died in the Blitz, the Londoners who fought, prayed, and barely lived through that horrible horrible war, with a grace and bravery that has never been seen in the general public. [...] I think of my Granny sitting under her stairs waiting for the buzz bombs to pass overhead and spare her street, and her neighbors. And when I am having a tough day, or week, or moment, I think of them and what they went through, and I realize that if they could do what they did, I can get through anything.
Kinda makes me feel guilty for ragging on it.
You’ve heard us carry on about this trend, now tell us what you think: