I made an unexpected stop into the Restoration Hardware showroom yesterday. Mainly because I was in the area and I recalled seeing this faux fur throw on sale on their website, so I thought I’d stop in to check it out. Boy, was I blown away by this space?
This shop is located right across from the SF Design Center, and it was my first time being in there since they opened last year. This showroom used to belong to a well known Bay Area antiquarian Ed Hardy, and he had this space for many years.
When rumors had it that he was selling it to Restoration Hardware, there were definitely debates about having a large retail store in the design center district. And sadly, it really marked the end of an era for the San Francisco design/antiques community. But the upside was that Ed Hardy is now consulting for Restoration Hardware and thus giving the company a lot of directions on how to work with the interior design industry.
How do I know all of this? Well, it was because I used to work for the board of Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts that Ed Hardy sat on and we would coordinate all sorts of events at his space. So to me, there were definitely some fond memories in this showroom.
Anyways, enough with the history lessons. I thought Restoration Hardware did a fantastic job with redesigning the showroom. I’m totally loving the whole “vintage winter holiday” theme they have going on right now. Even though this showroom is huge, it still feels very cozy, serene and peaceful. Makes me want to just curl up on one of their luxurious sofas, cover myself with their faux fur throw (which I bought!), and play board games all night long!
RESTORATION HARDWARE 188 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco, Potrero Hill
(Images via Shop Sweet Things)