The 2000’s were a fucking weird time. Chalk it up to everyone being obsessed with the “Millennium Bug”, and then turning that obsession into “millennium dressing” which for some reason meant platform thongs and glomesh. It was just an ODD MOMENT for style.
That absolutely goes for interiors as well. See, for some reason, we all went bloody mad for inflatables. Everything was plastic and fluoro and blew up, even when it didn’t need to.
There was the more… well not normal, but at least practical, inflatable lounges. You absolutely begged mum/dad for one of these babies at Christmas in ’01.
Your parents (wisely) most likely bought you the smaller, and slightly less cool, armchair version.
Maybe you got really lucky and they forked out for the footrest as well. Everyone marvelled when they came to your place for sleepovers. Honestly what the fuck is happening here. WHY. Also was this in an Easter Show showbag? I swear there was an inflatables showbag.
Then things get super confusing. Inflatable backpacks? Why? How was this practical at all? What could you fit in there, a single piece of paper?
People would buy inflatable dolphins and aliens and shit and just pop them on their stupid inflatable furniture, too. NO. STOP THIS.
Even Britney Spears had branded inflatables.
What about this fucking cushion? In what WORLD is an inflatable cushion useful? Look at it, being all stupid.
Let’s not even get started on the amount of wasteful plastic this trend produced – but fuck me it must have been a lot. Let’s consider more the comfort levels of these things. Inflatable shit isn’t exactly comfort central is it. It’s more like “woops I slid off and banged my shins on the coffee table”. Or at the very least, “cool I’m making weird fart noises in front of my crush every time I adjust my legs”.
I know the 2000’s are coming back into fashion but let’s just never let these things become cool again, ok? I demand it.