Dear Kate Spade::
I’m writing to say You Nailed It. The Kate Spade Home début furniture collaboration with E.J. Victor is a bona fide hit with High Point Market buyers and interior designers. I love the Norwich sofa, Parrish Console, and Syrie Coffee table so hard my insides feel like this guy’s outsides look::
Isn’t he awesome?
A 70s kind of awesome.
Someone should bottle his brand of Happy Furniture Shopping Vibe!
The feminine lines and thoughtful design of the collection deserve adulation. I sure wish the concept originated in my noggin. Alas, it was not meant to be and my happiness for your successful entry into a crowded field is heartfelt.
The Downing Coffee Table is genius; the Ampersand Night Stand is inspired; the decision to offer the Ellery Side table without your signature bow was the right one. Kudos all around.
I have but one bone to pick.
Eew. That’s a gross idiom, isn’t it? Let’s not use it again.
True story:: I have a friend who always strives to deliver her opinions with a gentle touch. She never says anything negative about anyone. The only way you know she takes issue with how someone comports themselves is when she says, “She’s not my best friend,” and if she doesn’t like a Thing she’ll reply when asked for her opinion, “It’s not my favorite.”
In keeping with her way of doling out constructive criticism, especially when your team is doing the hard work out in the arena and I’m sitting back here in the cheap seats, I have to say the Georgia Chair is not my favorite piece from the collection.
I fully appreciate the clean lines of the frame and grasp the concept of the chair back representing your signature bow, but, at $1675.00 it feels cold and hard. I tried to love it in the other fabrics shown at High Point in and failed.
Maybe it was my bad.
You’re probably selling the hell out of it and laughing all the way to the bank as I type. For your sake, and the sake of the furniture and design industry as a whole, I sure hope so.
With the lines of both the Georgia and Starburst dining tables in mind, here’s what this designer would love to see added to the collection: A dining chair version of either Drake, Norwich, or Russell. Something a little softer to balance out the long legs and brass bracing of the tables would be lovely.
That said, I offer up a love note (or two!) in my review of Fine Life Favorites from High Point Market and another hearty congrats on another successful début. The line is so elegant and feminine, I felt the desire to put on a debutante ball, and wear a gown and white gloves while typing. I didn’t, but I wanted to!
I need the Downing Desk in my life, in my new office, in my still sad-looking little cottage, but I hear a girl has to have things like a stove or a refrigerator instead. Reality bites. It’s a pity, as I envision brilliantly penned notes of love and thanks being written from here.
With an vintage fountain pen and ink well. In a calligraphy worthy hand.
That reminds me to sign up for a calligraphy class, tout suite.
If, at our next market outing, you find
me someone hiding in one of Downing’s drawers or notice six legs sticking out of an oversized caftan as I a gray-haired mid-life designer exits the building, please ignore the instinct to dial 911 and know you are performing a public service.
You make me feel like I am young again and that serves the greater good, right?
Sincerely making myself
at a home,