Wednesday, March 21, 2012

You Like?

Don't you just love it when furniture manufacturers push boundaries? Isn't it great when a major furniture retailer creates a line that looks decidedly non-cookie-cutter?

Yeah, me too!

What I don't get is charging $3000 for this:

See anything missing????

Here's another look.

That's right, it's' missing the outside panel of fabric.  Oh yeah, it's totally on purpose.  Oh, and apparently you can't order it finished if you wanted.  Crazy right?  It's part of the "Deconstructed Series" at Restoration Hardware. I first became aware of this yesterday on Cote De Texas blog. It's a great post. She goes into great detail about what likely inspired this look and gives you tons of information on furniture history. I highly recommend you head over and give it a read. Seriously, it's really great!

Here's my two cents on this look:  I'm all for pushing boundaries and giving customers tons of choices and retailers offering as many options as possible but something about this feels a little "The Emporer's New Clothes" to me.  You know what I mean?  It makes me wonder if retailers think we'll buy anything they put out because of the brand name. If you find an honest-to-goodness antique piece with exposed innards, this look makes sense and I celebrate it.  Because it's authentic.  Today's furniture designers being inspired by and bringing the essence of antique styles to today's marketplace is wonderful! Bring it! But to me, this particular look is a really odd knock off that is just unnecessary and frankly, silly.

It will be interesting to see how well this goes over and how long it lasts.

Alright, it's your turn to weigh in, what do you guys think about this look? Do you love the raw, unfinished beauty of it all or do you think it's insane to pay so much for something that is missing the outside panel?


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