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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes!

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, May 14, 2012


The Emperor Wears No Clothes!!


Deconstructed furniture?

I know you all have heard the term "deconstructed" food. But for those of you who are still confused here is a description of what it is: deconstructed dishes may take the foods that are normally combined in the dish, change their forms, and then plate them together in a different way. It's not just about taking the dish apart, but putting its elements back together.

Well now deconstruction has gone a step further! Yes, we are here to report that Restoration Hardware now has a Deconstructed Collection.

Here is their description of their new line: "Inspired by their grandfather's mid 19th century wing chair - liberated from its ancient red velvet upholstery and its frame elegantly exposed - the Van Thiel family set out to replicate its unadorned state finding great beauty in the stripped-down form. They expanded the concept to include other seating styles, meticulously hand crafting them to reveal the old world artistry of their inner workings, authentic character belies sturdy comfort and resilience. A heavily distressed solid walnut frame, accented with nail heads, and whip stitching, is complemented by the rich texture of burlap and antiqued cotton upholstery for a lived in look. Uniquely one of a kind. This furniture is for all ages."

You too can have furniture that is not finished - yes we mean not finished - for only a mere few thousand dollars. You did indeed read correctly. It is mind boggling.

I ask you, "Who would want furniture in their home that has the "guts" showing. Bad pun here but it would take guts to have your furniture showing off its guts.

I thought the point of having wonderful pieces of furniture in your home was to show off picture perfect style, fabulous material that was "covering" all of the piece, and literally feel how comfortable something was when you sat down on it. Yes, that "Oh I love this" feeling that comes over one when they see a beautiful piece of furniture!

Since when has burlap become high design flaunt? Since when does the "lived in look" (their terminology not mine) which to them is not finishing a chair or couch considered wonderful? I would think that Restoration Hardware was playing a joke on all of us if they hadn't spent the big bucks sending out a 654 page catalogue to a lot of people.

Is anyone out there saying The Emperor is wearing no clothes? Where are all of the designers? Does no one except the School of Flaunt think this is ridiculous?

In looking at this "Stuff" again, and please remember what George Carlin called stuff, I still can't wrap my mind around this.

Please send me to Scalamandre: A destination since 1929 for connoisseurs of fine design and all things beautiful, Scalamandre's beloved signature classics, as well as its fresh new collections, infuse style, elegance and vitality to the rooms of today and tomorrow. A standard bearer of imported and domestic fine textiles, Scalamandre continues its legacy of traditional, historic, classic and contemporary designs creating luxurious, high-end fabrics, wallcoverings, trims, furnishings and accessories.

Sorry Restoration Hardware but this gets a big F in the School of Flaunt!


P.S. I do happen to enjoy Restoration Hardware products otherwise. And in fact there furniture can be very comfy.

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