Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rough Luxe

Stephen sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal. Learn about Rough Luxe here. I really appreciate this article as a hater of McMansions and perfect, personality-less spaces. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

"If rough luxe has a mantra, it’s “authenticity.” Gil Shapiro, founder of Urban Archaeology, built a business on random acts of historic preservation,... once made casino mogul Steve Wynn sign a statement promising that he wouldn’t polish the pair of municipal lampposts Shapiro sold him for a hotel in Atlantic City."

“I think especially now, when we don’t have a sense that we control our fates entirely, maybe there’s something a little bit easier about the idea that every single surface of your environment isn’t polished,” Sofield says. “There’s a friendliness to it, maybe an egolessness—just letting certain things be.”

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