Restoration Hardware’s CEO, Gary Friedman, is restoring our faith in accessible, tasteful design. With the revamp and overhaul of the store’s products, he now envisions Restoration as a kind of “open platform,” an app store for home decor, where the likes of London furniture maker and antiques dealer Timothy Oulton and the Midwestern/Dutch pair of Mark Sage and Rudi Nijssen can craft new pieces out of old things, artisanal objects pitched somewhere between mall sameness and Design Center uniqueness.

He argues that “in bad economic times, quality becomes even more important, uniqueness becomes even more important—people need to be inspired to buy something.” Resto’s repertoire of reproduction antique trunks from the golden age of travel, handmade from vintage cigar leather, wood and steel would work wonderfully in a man’s study. The sofie-tufted slipper chair, inspired by French boudoir seating circa 1860, suits feminine sensibilities with its soft-hued upholstery and graceful curved back.

What I love best are the generous proportions of the furniture (large sturdy furniture is perfect for the whole family to sink into and the little rug rats to play on), and intricate hand-crafted details of each piece (that retail for prices that won’t break the bank), they work together to create an environment that is at once comfortable and unique. I would however have items re-upholstered in brighter hues as the softly-muted tones are just too underwhelming, and I would never be able to live without some colour to break up the monotony.

Someone bring Resto to singers please?

Article by WSJ magazine
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