Fashion is a women’s world. Once a month, Out Of The Box lends her voice to a male contributor to hear his views about Lifestyle Fashion or Food. This is the Monthly Catch.
A couple of months ago I was wandering in Boston’s main shopping street, trying to make the best of a Saturday afternoon in a new city. As I was walking aimlessly, my steps lead me to this old and history-filled building standing proudly in the sun, catching its impressive shadow on the streets. Allright, scratch that. The truth is: when I found about this place, I was looking for a free Wi-Fi.
So here I am, sitting on the stairs of what appears to be some kind of museum, texting to my girlfriend back home. I then step in, take a look around, and turns out… this is a shop. A furniture store. It features some big-ass leather couches, huge massive wood dining tables, Greco-Roman statues, indoors freaking trees, (because why not!?) and thousands of old-school deco elements, osteology pieces, antique reproductions inspired from the post-industrial era or the early age of civil aviation.
It’s more than a simple furniture store, but rather a real gallery one walks through with a sense of silence and respect you’d normally keep for museums or churches. And here’s why: the building itself actually used to be Boston’s Museum of Natural History. It’s crazy to think that a mere retailer took over a historian city landmark. But I have to admit: my overall impression? This place is beautiful. You’d dream to have a home like that. True enough, it mixes so much influences that it could be overwhelming. And yes, one could argue this can be tacky and loud. Oh, and I forgot to mention the prices: they are set just high enough to give you this sense of elitism, while just low enough so that you might think twice about not taking a credit to purchase a piece.
Mass luxury as its finest.
Check them out online at www.restorationhardware.com. Unfortunately they have no store in Europe.