My husband grabbed it first and couldn’t wait to show me what is apparently the new Restoration Hardware style: Deconstructed chairs.
I swear, when Jeff first held up the catalog for me to see, I thought the picture was meant to show how a Restoration Hardware chair came together. You know, to give customers a sense of the chair’s quality, sort of like those mattress cross sections you see at furniture stores.
But no. These “deconstructed” chairs are actually for sale!
I swear. Apparently, I could stop just about where I am in the process of upholstering my $15 Salvation Army chair and sell it for hundreds of dollars. That’s essentially what Restoration Hardware is doing.
At the top of the post is the Deconstructed English Club Chair for $1,270. Just above is a pair of the Deconstructed Slope Arm Dining Chair for $845 each.
Of course, I know that these chairs aren’t really deconstructed.
Despite the “nail holes” that are lined up along the edges of these pieces (the places where a piece of fabric and batting would be nailed or stapled in), these are obviously new, carefully planned pieces.
I can assure you that if you took apart a real upholstered chair, it would not look this neat deconstructed.
So am I nuts? Is this a fabulous new trend?
If so, I want in on it. My upholstery teacher – Shelly Leer – and I would be happy to whip out some truly vintage, deconstructed chairs and sell them for $1,200 each.
Are you buying?