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

Shopping: Restoration Hardware

One of a few entries I posted elsewhere pre-October 2010, before I started The Roving Home blog.

I love the look in Restoration Hardware.  Leather, linen, reclaimed wood, cast iron and chrome – the finishes on their pieces are beautiful and timeless.  It’s just when you come to the not-so-small issue of scale that the furniture and lighting becomes a problem.  Everything in their line is massive.  The couches, the floor lamps, the beds, the chairs – all of it seemingly designed for people with the average bulk of an NFL player.  Maybe Americans have a problem with obesity because we are eating in order to fit into our furniture.  To walk through Restoration Hardware is a surreal experience, a throwback to childhood, when you were surrounded by a world that seemed enormous and furniture that seemed unscalable. Continue reading