Restoration Hardware Launch Party, NYC

Restoration Hardware Launch Party, NYC

Quan Lam
Mar 20, 2012
If you have ever visited a Restoration Hardware store, then you will understand when I say that all I wanted to do when I first stepped inside their Flatiron location last Thursday evening was stare at their opulent chandeliers and vegetate on their massive tufted sectional. But I wasn't there to splay myself along their Soho chaise lounge. I was there to dig for details about their newest collection and obsessively photograph all my findings. The launch party for their Spring collection, Exposed, featured deconstructed pieces left intentionally stripped to reveal nail heads, wood frames, and burlap accents, reflecting an old-world personality with a unique modern twist. Two of the designers were gracious enough to show me a quartet of armchairs, pinpointing all the details (including the antique cotton upholstery), while describing the whole collection as 'French country, but edgy.' During the event, the crowd enjoyed their fair share of bellinis, butternut squash soufflé canapés, and model-waiters outfitted in head-to-toe black. The party mood was elevated thanks to DJ Michael Smith and a 30-minute set by up-and-coming British singer Edei. Despite having a canapé dropped on my leg and water spilled on my lap, I did get to enjoy a mini ice cream sandwich and a quick 10-minute breather on an enormous tufted bench fit for a large family. I also took a picture of the chandelier up above for, you know, posterity's sake. (Images: Quan Lam)
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