At this point there are only three things in the world that haven't been called "the new punk rock" (zoos, Carnival cruises, and Talbot's), but I have to say I was honestly suprised to read that yet another unlikely thing was being heralded as "punk-inspired": ugly, expensive furniture.
From the New York Times:
Kara Mann, a Chicago-based interior designer, is bringing some of her favorite furniture designers to her hometown with a new showroom opening next week. The 4,000-square-foot showroom will be the first in the United States to carry the work of Jimmie Martin, a London company that makes punk-inspired pieces like the silver-leaf crucifix-encrusted bureau ($6,500). Ms. Mann will also carry the company's English library chair ($4,500), and its Word dining table ($6,000) and dining chair ($2,000)...
How "punk-inspired" are these pieces of furniture? Well, looking at the pre-graffitti-ed "English library chair" or the $6000 dining table with the word "seduction" scribbled on it, feels an awful lot like putting a saftey pin through your eyelid. That's pretty punk, right?