While yesterday’s Bugatti-themed desk would absolutely be a cool thing to own, let’s face it, there’s no way it’s going to be suitable in every house. It only comes in a brilliant Bugatti blue, and it probably costs about as much as a new Bugatti as well. So it wasn’t too hard to talk myself down from my unrequited lust for that shiny bit of wood and metal.
This little gem, on the other hand, has not been so easy. There is a Restoration Hardware a couple blocks from my work, and I’m not going to lie, since seeing this chair for the first time, I’ve had to stop by and admire it a few times since.
The concept behind this chair — which Restoration Hardware calls the “Aviator Chair” — is that it is supposed to evoke the minimalist beauty of World War Two fighter planes. The leather is distressed to resemble a pilot’s jacket. The aluminium is polished, but far from perfect, and the rivets are blatantly exposed. In fact it may be the best example of intentional imperfection I’ve seen.
Let’s face it, we as nerds are perpetually having to walk that tight-rope line with out spouses. Given the choice, wouldn’t most of us turn our living room into, say, a screen large enough to resemble the viewscreen on the Enterprise (okay, Techie already did that), or design our decorating motif around an era of “Early Star-Wars Figurine” (okay, Cardboard already did that), or cover every available surface with artfully-displayed Matchbox toys (that would be me)? But unless our spouses are fantastically understanding, eventually we have to make compromises in favour of style and aesthetic design.
Either that, or everything we like gets relegated to the garage or the “rec room” in the basement, while the entire rest of the house becomes a stylistic exercise in nonoffensive unenthusiasm.
That’s why I like this so much. The nerd in me is giddy because of the blatant aviation-geek style of it, but I am almost certain I can get approval from the spouse’s aesthetic side.
And it’s on sale! I’m doomed.