Shopping: Restoration Hardware Redux

The Fall Restoration Hardware catalog just came my way.  Just so’s you know, I didn’t actually seek it out; it was given to me – hidden, really – in a pile of highly-desirable reading material (The Sunday New York Times, National Enquirer, etc.) so of course I checked it out as I made my way through the stack.

Holy Cow.  Didn’t think Restoration Hardware could get any more bizarre (see previous post on the matter), but somehow, the CEO has managed it.  Yes, I’m blaming the CEO for this mess, because he makes it quite clear that it is all his doing in his Letter to the World, found on the opening pages of the catalog.  He explains Restoration Hardware’s new direction, fresh start, new beginning and so forth with the same level of understatement he brings to furniture design.  Which is to say he is shouting your face off about how amazing Restoration Hardware is, adding insult to injury by sharing his philosophy with us.  Much like the work of all the greatest fill-in-the-blanks who ever lived.  And I quote,

“…Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s preeminent artists and influencers of the 20th century [in case you didn’t know just who Pablo Picasso is], repeatedly broke down stylist conventions and was undaunted by the art world’s status quo.  His irreverent spirit…was unfettered as he pursued his calling and followed his muse – great art that answered to no one, yet inspired everyone…” Continue reading