Sunday, March 15, 2009
High Drama at Restoration Hardware
I just got their catalog and it looks like the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue. The intro even references splashy ad campaigns in VF and other mags, with these big portraits of designers you've never heard of who've created "pieces that define a home." Pretty impressive actually. I really, really like the Jean Michel Frank-looking Maxwell Sofa -- seems like such an easy shape to copy yet too many get the proportions wrong. It starts at $3795. I suppose you'd pay the same or more at Williams Sonoma Home, but I still have this memory of RH selling 1950s-ish toasters and tchotchkes. The cahrazee bonkers Royal Master Sealight Floor Lamp ($1525) puts that to rest. I'm all for literal interpretations and bold strokes, but would this only look appropriate in the neighbor's house from "Mary Poppins" -- the ship captain who would sound his foghorn everyday? I loved that guy.
Bigger question: who's buying this stuff right now? Does the mid-market customer exist in 2009?