Monday, January 31, 2011

Restoration Hardware's Aviator Furniture

I apologize for the infrequent posting last week.  I seemed to be in a funk last week where I just couldn't get myself motivated to organize the posts I wanted to write.  I absolutely hate it when that happens and I still haven't found the best way to break myself of this terrible habit.  Yesterday, I went through my 30 before I'm 30 Goals and reminded myself of why I want to stay so focused on these achievements.  It seems motivation is certainly a day-to-day activity.  You can plan for things months or years down the line but it's really what you focus on a specific day that is going to get you where you want to go next year.  That's the mindset I'm going to use from this point on, no more funks and time to get moving.

Ok, now that I'm off my soap box, I wanted to see you what you guys thought of this new line of Blackhawk and Aviator furniture from Restoration Hardware.  Restoration Hardware describes the inspiration from "Golden Age" fighter planes, creating various pieces of furniture that mimic gleaming nose cones and fuselages, a bent wing of a plane, and vintage bomber jackets.

My first reaction when I saw this furniture was "OMG, who would buy that?" but I'm now questioning that reaction.  Where is the line between ugly and ingenious?  It reminds me of this line from Miranda Priestley in the Devil Wears Prada when Andy (the intelligent but naive assistant) says she doesn't know very much about high fashion or as she calls it "stuff".  Even with Miranda's cruel and icy demeanor her response sums up everything I love about the evolution of design, especially that which thinks outside the box.  

'This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.

Now I'm not comparing Restoration Hardware to the powerhouses of Fashion and Interior Design because anyone that has Silver Sage on their walls (including me) knows that RH is meant for mainstream taste, but I think the innovative nature of this furniture should be applauded.  It's certainly not for everybody but it's where new creation begins that can dictate either a mainstream trend or timeless approach to design and I like what Restoration Hardware has done.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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