Restoration Hardware is one of those companies that continues to keep us interested due to its seeming evolution from a store that sells mass reproductions to a design house with more of a focus on quality and authenticity. In continuing to keep us intrigued, they've recently released an impressive, 616-page sourcebook that even the company's CEO can't really put into words.
In the opening letter of Restoration Hardware's new Fall 2011 Sourcebook, Chairman and Co-CEO, Gary Friedman, admits "At 616 pages we're not quite sure what to call it." Part encyclopedia, part inspiration guide and part shopping manual, the 2011 Sourcebook looks more like Vogue's September issue than a store catalogue.
Featuring editorial profiles by independent journalists and photographers, the massive publication is filled with stories of designers and craftsman who inspire and align with the company's Belgian-style aesthetic. The sourcebook also contains wonderful bits of historic knowledge throughout its product features and comprehensive information about various decorating essentials, like a large collection of Edison-style filament bulbs. As if this wasn't enough, the back end of the publication includes a resource guide with 88 pages of lighting, 50 pages of furniture and 72 pages of rugs. Whew!
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