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9th Sep '17 2:25:26 PM nombretomado
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
26th Aug '17 10:23:41 PM karstovich2
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
26th Aug '17 10:22:56 PM karstovich2
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] It's probably the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas. I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] It's probably Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas. Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
22nd Jun '17 2:25:53 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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* Most factories are designed like this in the interior, which would keep employees bored enough at the scenery to focus on the manufacturing job.
22nd Jun '17 12:02:37 PM Jake
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** Interestingly, the ''Nostromo'' still shows signs of this trope in its living areas and especially the sickbay, which are all decorated in various shades of white and cream. But the effect is downplayed heavily by the set dressing; pictures from skin-mags cut out and stuck on the walls of people's bunks, tacky knick-nacks like that nodding-bird thing that were probably bought specifically to add a bit of colour, and the general clutter that accumulates when a place is lived in by anyone who's not a NeatFreak.
16th May '17 8:17:25 AM hszmv1
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** Played with in ''Series/DeepSpaceNine''. Depending on the episode, Sisko's office is rather minimalistic, which can be jarring compared to the rest of the Ops set, which is quite busy. This serves to highlight that there's a lot more to running what is essentially a city in space than the episode may indicate. The variation on Sisko's office depends on which character is the focus of the episode. If it's not Sisko, we typically see it from the point of view of the character (i.e. the employee talking to the boss in his office). The only personal effect will be his prized baseball, which sits on a stand on the desk. If it's Sisko, it will be shot from his point of view, which will highlight a collection of models and oddities that will typically be behind the camera (as well as a couch he will be more relaxed while sitting on) and he will typically be playing with the baseball.
7th May '17 8:38:48 AM MasterGhandalf
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* In the first ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', the interior of [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Ridjeck Thome]], and specifically [[BigBad Lord Foul's]] private quarters, is like this; everything is elaborately and beautifully worked, but it is completely sterile and colorless, devoid even of Foul's minions (who are housed elsewhere in the fortress). The result give the chambers, an empty, frigid, lifeless and oppressive air that beats down on anyone who enters, described as a perfection that exists only to express contempt for all things that don't measure up to its standards.
1st May '17 1:46:06 AM Chabal2
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Tau prefer their constructions to be ergonomic and functional, with every component designed to fit perfectly with every other component, such that it forms one common whole. Living spaces do occasionally have frescoes on the walls and floors, with abstract labyrinth-like patterns, though the colors are so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable unless one focuses directly on it, the intention being that it serves as a meditation aid.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Tau prefer their constructions to be ergonomic and functional, with every component designed to fit perfectly with every other component, such that it forms one common whole. Living spaces do occasionally have frescoes on the walls and floors, with abstract labyrinth-like patterns, though the colors are so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable unless one focuses directly on it, the intention being that it serves as a meditation aid. To Imperials, who have skulls, statuary, exposed wiring and centuries of battle damage on most of their buildings and equipment, the effect is of AlienGeometries.
12th Apr '17 7:14:52 PM karstovich2
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* Swedish home furnishings company IKEA is famous for its "Scandinavian design." What this means, as a practical matter, is products with clean lines and little if any kind of ornament and distinctly un-flashy color schemes (white, gray, black, and shades of brown are most common, along with plain metal for metallic items and plain wood for wooden items). There are exceptions (like their bizarrely-colored "Gubbröra" rubber spatulas), but for the most part if you're getting IKEA, you're getting this aesthetic.

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* Swedish home furnishings company IKEA is famous for its "Scandinavian design." What this means, as a practical matter, is products with clean lines and little if any kind of ornament and distinctly un-flashy color schemes (white, gray, black, and shades of brown are most common, along with plain metal for metallic items and plain wood for wooden items). There are exceptions (like their bizarrely-colored "Gubbröra" rubber spatulas), spatulas--seriously guys, dark blue and lime-green? Hot pink and purple?), but for the most part if you're getting IKEA, you're getting this aesthetic.
4th Apr '17 3:55:59 PM WillKeaton
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* Around the TurnOfTheMillennium several annual contests known as "Geocomps" ("Geometry Competitions") were held for ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' masters for who could build the best map with only ten textures. This led to a very extreme form of this trope with structurally complex but extremely sterile and abstractly textured maps. Some of them were [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/trajectory_final/trajectory_finallg.jpg very]] [[http://pnmedia.gamespy.com/planetquake.gamespy.com/fms/images/potd/2814/1146024205_fullres.jpg striking]] [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/cmp1-dm6/cmp1-dm6lg.jpg to]] [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/lae3dm3/lae3dm3lg.jpg behold]].

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* Around the TurnOfTheMillennium several annual contests known as "Geocomps" ("Geometry Competitions") were held for ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' masters for who could build the best map with only ten textures. This led to a very extreme form of this trope with structurally complex but extremely sterile and abstractly textured maps. Some of them were [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/trajectory_final/trajectory_finallg.jpg very]] [[http://pnmedia.gamespy.com/planetquake.gamespy.com/fms/images/potd/2814/1146024205_fullres.jpg striking]] [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/cmp1-dm6/cmp1-dm6lg.jpg to]] [[http://lvlworld.com/levels/lae3dm3/lae3dm3lg.jpg behold]].behold.]]



* Clean Style/German Style (see a trend here?) of [[PimpedOutCar automobile tuning]]. It focuses on invisible mechanical improvements, lowered suspension, [[http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/107/2/6/Vw_Polo_German_Style_by_aletuning46.jpg large rims and tyres]] and [[http://cs405429.vk.me/v405429067/529a/acfZfCfKjck.jpg very Spartan]] bodywork [[http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/9610/p10100655pn8jj.jpg exterior]], inasmuch as even ''factory brand badges'' are sometimes removed.

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* Clean Style/German Style (see a trend here?) of [[PimpedOutCar automobile tuning]]. It focuses on invisible mechanical improvements, lowered suspension, [[http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/107/2/6/Vw_Polo_German_Style_by_aletuning46.jpg large rims and tyres]] and [[http://cs405429.vk.me/v405429067/529a/acfZfCfKjck.jpg very Spartan]] bodywork [[http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/9610/p10100655pn8jj.jpg exterior]], exterior,]] inasmuch as even ''factory brand badges'' are sometimes removed.
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