Good design is all about putting the user first. If the customer can’t make sense of the design and if their every single move is impeded by the bad decisions that the designers and builders made—we’ve got a serious problem. Sometimes these problems all come down to bad craftsmanship, shoddy design, and unaesthetic, hurried, and impractical shortcuts that builders take without a care in the world.

The ‘Typical Rykozhop’ Instagram page documents how some homeowners have to live with utterly ugly, just plain bad, and downright dangerous interior design decisions. Scroll down to see the best of the worst, upvote the pics you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, and let us know in the comments if there’s anything similar in your own homes, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda reached out to Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, to hear his take about where most of the responsibility falls, whether on the designer in charge of the vision or the builders who turn it into reality. Antoniuk explained that it's up to the designer to ensure that their project (which means their client's project) turns out well. The focus should be on the clarity of the designs so that the intent is communicated without any 'fuzziness.' "Certainly, this is frustrating and it puts extra pressure on the designer, but everything, in my view, rests in the designer's hand. This is why some of the most outstanding designers in the world have such a deep knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, of the problems that can happen during installation."

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

The toilet, having an existential crisis.

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

the smell of mothballs isn't the worst smell coming out of that wardrobe

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Sum Guy
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4 months ago

Living on the edge

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Antoniuk said that it's the designer who has to provide clarity and foresee at least some of the possible issues when it comes to the actual building and the interior design: "It's hard, but that's why the best designers get paid so well for their outstanding work. They do great design/aesthetic work, but they also create efficiencies and they foresee and spot (some) problems from happening." 

The Associate Professor highlighted that some things will go wrong, no matter how much we plan for them. What's more, the builders have to be on the designer's side, too, but the latter still shoulders most of the burden. "Many jobs can not just stop because a designer is not onsite or is not able to be reached. That said, builders need to honor the designer's vision, but again, if there is 'fuzziness' in the drawings or plans, decisions will be made by people that we may not want to make them."

On a very practical level, ensuring that builders follow through with the designer's vision comes down to communication, doing "great drawings and visuals," and becoming "exceptionally well educated" in the field of construction. "We exist in a field that is ever-changing with the introduction of new materials, new construction requirements, and restrictions," Antoniuk said.

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nanashi
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4 months ago (edited)

I'm deeply sorry for the person who had to live in a house like this. it must have not been their choice but desperation is painful.

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Man with nice beard
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4 months ago

I can hear my toe sreaming

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4 months ago

I have a few questions...

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He also stressed the importance of creating honest relationships based on mutual respect. "It is simple to say, but communication and having an outstanding relationship with the builder is critically important. At 'Architure,' we constantly visit and hang-out with the Trades. We like to talk with the people that have 'boots-on-the-ground.' These are the people that are literally building our products and spaces. If you piss these guys off, treat them poorly, or don't communicate well, they can ruin a project. It may sound flippant, but we see these people as our partners."

In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Antoniuk also spoke about the differences between good and bad design. He said that there are, objectively, such things as good and bad interior and furniture design decisions—it’s not just about our subjective tastes.

However, our tastes are important, too, as they can create gray and blurry areas between what’s considered to be quality and, well, not. Though, I think, hardly anyone would mix up anything shown in this list with something that’s tasteful.

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Slinkman
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4 months ago

Nothing wrong here, the guy is just too long.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

Don't be fooled people! This is just one of those hyperrealistic cakes looking like a washing machine.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

After taking a relaxing dump you can dive head first into your bubble bath whilst simultaneously cooking dinner for your loved ones. I see no downsides here.

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In Antoniuk’s opinion, we can all intuitively sense what good design is and isn’t. "Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well," he said.

It’s not all just doom and gloom, however. Antoniuk highlighted that creating high-quality design that is objectively good is a skill that can be learned; just like people can learn the wrong skills and make bad design decisions. Naturally, this suggests that we have to unlearn bad skills before learning the right ones.

For Antoniuk, good design is “intuitive, [...] deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional,” just like Dieter Rams laid out in his principles of good design. “It is a catalyst for giving us feelings,” Antoniuk said about design.

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Meghan Marie
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4 months ago

What even is going on here!! 🙁

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

the washmachine looks like its cheating on its relationship

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Man with nice beard
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4 months ago

Typical game glitch

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Olivier Caissy
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4 months ago

It would have been better with a hole in the doorframe.

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Moo Moo
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4 months ago

I mean.....wtf is that

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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4 months ago

Yeah, sure, I'll just cut off my left shoulder.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Well, that defeats the purpose of a drain. Someone did the same thing to my neighbourhood supermarket parking lot. The water runs right by the drain and onto the sidewalk.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

Somehow I thought I was looking at nougat for a sec...

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Tomas Holicka
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4 months ago

So the monster in the closet can turn on the light whenever it feels scared?

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

When your electrician and builder don't get along.

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Eliška Hůlková
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4 months ago

That looks haunted.

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ME
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4 months ago

um..........thats not how it works

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Let's make it a flat-screen tv!

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Sian Edwards
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4 months ago

This apartment comes with its own abstract art installation!

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

oh dear Lord!

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M.A.D.
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4 months ago

Remember when Indiana Jones had to pick the Holy Grail among many fake ones?

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Dr Nostromo
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4 months ago

There are times when my brain feels like that.

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Hooked
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4 months ago

"Fixed the roof boss !"

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Bron
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4 months ago

Someone wants to teach him to sit to pee I guess

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Purr·maid
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4 months ago

Get a room.

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

kill this...

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

I thought that the days of hanging tapestry on the wall were over.

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

Ivan: "Boris, clear a pathway to the steps. " *half a bottle of vodka later* Boris: "Finished!"

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4 months ago

Multifunctional.

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Thenatural
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4 months ago

Just seen what you've done today mate....don't come in tomorrow

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Jitka Svobodová
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4 months ago

To sit in the shower and weep

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

oh gross!

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troufaki13
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4 months ago (edited)

How do we sleep when the beds are burning 🎼🎵🎶

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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4 months ago

That's russian for "high five for stupid solutions".

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Asep Sofian
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4 months ago

An attempt was made.

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Olivier Caissy
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4 months ago

At least it’s not elevated.

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