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FRIDAY FUNNY: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, Friday Funny, Interiors


Published on November 11, 2011 with No Comments

This post was submitted by TFM FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter, a facility management professional who is often asked to test his powers of creative thinking.

Take a good look at the photo below. What can you see that’s wrong with this furniture installation? There might be a lot of things, but one is clearly obvious.



Still not seeing it? Here’s a hint:

When given four furniture connectors that were too tall, Carpenter had the following options:

  1. Wait days or a week for the correct size to be cut down and/or repainted, and then pay someone to return to complete the installation.
  2. Obtain the proper equipment to cut them to size safely and hope the paint did not need touch up.
  3. Use them and let them stick out like a sore thumb.
  4. Swap them randomly around the building for the right size and tell people they are coat racks/posts/hangers.

Carpenter went with #4, and now he is getting requests for more!

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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