Shelter Magazines: MetHome’s High | Low Feature

Shelter Magazines: MetHome’s High | Low Feature

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 5, 2005

Summing up a magazine’s vibe, look and style all in one post has proven to be a bit daunting for me so far and I’m not certain that it’s all that interesting in the end. I looked at my post about Interior Design magazine from last week and was appalled by how terribly DRY “Overview” sounded. I had an entirely unpleasant flashback to my corporate days where I toiled over pointless (pun intended!) Powerpoint decks. So for my sake, and yours, I’m going to focus on features I dig from magazines rather than trying to tackle the whole enchilada.

Today’s victim: Metropolitan Home’s High | Low feature.

I wrote about the July/August issue of MetHome over on Personism a few weeks ago because it featured the lakeside cottage that my pals Dufner Heighes recently completed in Michigan (The cover no less! I am so very proud.) The whole issue has a outdoor living Summery theme and the High | Low feature is no exception.

The spread features a lot of melamine, lacquer and resin items that would be fine choices for outdoor entertaining. Their choice of chair for the spread is mystifying unto me: Paola Navone’s polyurethane armchair (pictured above) is $557 for the “Low” version and $1277 for the “High” version, which a) lights up (buh?) and b) includes a linen slipcover. Ok, then!

Target and Jonathan Adler and Thomas Paul Fernez offer affordable alternatives to places like the puzzling Dinosaur Designs $90 resin salad tongs (pictured here) and, well, Jonathan Adler. (Incidentally, my fellow guest of AT, Grace Bonney has covered Thomas Paul’s brilliant melamine plates on design*sponge and Adler’s fun affordable stuff at Bed, Bath + Beyond on this very site.)

All in all, I prefer to look of Low to High in this instance. And it’s a good thing too – the High version’s tally is $2,237, while Low comes in at a considerably more affordable $796. I would never purchase all the items they feature, but I am definitely in the market for well-designed stuff to use for my frequent backyard barbeques. Getting to my yard from inside my apartment is a precarious endeavor, so I’m in need of some non-breakable items that are also non-ugly. The lower priced versions don’t seem to compromise much on style or quality either. It’s refreshing to see this kind of feature in the pages of a magazine where much of the merchandise is firmly in the luxury goods category. Also, there’s something to be said for a proper edit of the wares offered at places like Target or Kmart. Sure, there’s plenty of well-designed stuff to be had at these stores, but there’s a lot of crap too. Aside from that, a look that’s all Target all the time is not so lovely. (See Maxwell’s post about the Target Open House as an illustration of how things can go terribly awry.)
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