Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
June 25, 2009
They seemed like unique extremes in the world of house-outfitting retail, which had already produced a giant chest of drawers that seemed, by comparison, more of a throwback to an era when a big chair was enough to assure marketing success.
But maybe Jordan’s Furniture isn’t so unique after all. Maybe there’s something about selling furniture — some wood beetle that burrows into the brain, perhaps — that drives owners to gaze over the pier wall into a demented furniturescape.
Take the Canadian firm of Leon’s Furniture Limited. That company has just unveiled “Leon’s Living Room” in Welland, Ontario, a life-sized outdoor bronze sculpture of a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, and a seated company founder Ablan Leon, with whom “residents and visitors are invited to interact,” according to a company press release.
Extreme for Canada? Stranger still is news from Houston, Texas, where Gallery Furniture recently had its warehouse and showroom destroyed in a very mysterious $20 million arson fire. Its owner, Jim McIngvale, was already in the news for boycotting his taxes, and has refused to hire a lawyer because “I would rather cut off my arms than destroy my life’s work” and has said that the showroom’s reopening “will be a triumph of good over evil.”
As part of that reopening, McIngvale has announced — through his Twitter account — that he has hired an artist to “make a sculpture from remnants of the warehouse,” which will be unveiled on July 4.
We hope that it’s something odd, or at least as big as the giant chest of drawers.
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