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Posted on 3 September 2015

I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of the TV programme ‘DIY SOS’.

It’s a televisual guilty pleasure, watching Nick Knowles and his rag-tag army of assorted ‘heart-of-gold’ builders pitch up at the home of some well-deserving soul who is struggling through life with either disabled children or partners or parents and existing in sub-standard accommodation.

Nick and his gang, which often includes local tradesmen doing work pro bono and suppliers supplying on the same basis, transform the living space of their target to remarkable effect.

Those on the receiving end are usually rendered speechless when they see the resulting work, their silence often followed by floods of tears. Viewers are often, er, known to shed a few tears too.

However I have a bone to pick with Nick. The other day he and his lot were working on a house for a woman who’d suffered from depression and various other things.

The DIY SOS team’s designer wanted to go retro with the furniture and the homeowner agreed. Nick also went along with this plan, which included a '60s-style plastic chair on makeshift rockers. But he made his personal opposition clear, saying he wouldn’t have in his own home because it was “too plasticky”.

I was naturally affronted. The chair, one of those cool ‘60s bucket-type affairs, looked great; a bit like Charles Eames' famous ‘DAW’ chair.

Perhaps it was that it was so clearly made of plastic that put Knowles off. Yet he is surely not against the material, per se. His building team was using cubic metres of the stuff around the house they were crawling all over.

It is obviously down to personal preference as to whether we choose to appreciate – or not – the aesthetic aspects of something that is plastic-made, or put together using another material.

I know plenty of environment-leaning types who bemoan the 'Pacific Gyre' and the millions of plasitc bottles floating in the world's oceans, yet because they are vegetarian and eschew leather they choose to walk around in shoes made of man-made material.

Aside from this slightly hyperbolic observation (it is only a blog after all), DIY SOS’ maybe Nick just doesn’t like things made of plastic to so obviously look like they are made of plastic.

Maybe it’s because he thinks such items look, well... ‘cheap’?

First World problems, eh?

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