GOT MAIL Friday / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - catalog cover

I’d read press releases about Iris Apfel’s new home decor collection for Grandin Road but hadn’t had time to check it out on-line. So I could hardly contain my excitement when the catalog arrived in my mailbox and I saw my favorite nonagenarian on the cover, though way too small and in the corner.

Doesn’t GR know? Iris is like Baby–NO ONE puts her in a corner.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - Grandin Rd collection promo
Grandin Road

After taking a look, though, I feel like one of those balloons we used to blow up as kids, let go of, and watch it fly around the room until it dropped to the floor, dead and deflated.

To say Grandin Road’s Iris Apfel collection is disappointing is an understatement.  In spite of Apfel’s New York stomping grounds, this collection is more Palm Beach than Park Avenue. And not even the tony side of Palm. Possibly merely Floridian. I’d say “retiree Floridian” if I wasn’t of a certain age myself and that didn’t smack of distasteful stereotypes.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - Iris Apfel blinking
Via Youtube

Is Iris losing it? I’ll let you mull that one over while I focus on the collection.

But first let’s look at Iris in her own digs…

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her living room
Roger Davies photo / AD

…If only so you can see what Grandin Road’s interpretation of Iris Apfel is NOT.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her home
Roger Davies photo / AD

These photos came from a 2016 Architectural Digest tour.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her home 2
Roger Davies photo / AD

Iris is most definitely a maximalist.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - doggy & jewelry
Roger Davies photo / AD

She also has a quirky sense of humor–witness the Lucite jewelry you always see her photographed wearing, stashed in this kitschy doggy statue.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her home 3
Roger Davies photo / AD

Without a doubt, she goes her own way, and what a way to go!

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her home 4
Roger Davies photo / AD

So you could call her boho. But boho with decidedly “extreme Victorian” overtones.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her art
Roger Davies photo / AD

Witness her taste in art. You were expecting Warhol? Or de Kooning maybe? I thought perhaps Magritte, for the subtle humor, but no.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - her closet
Her closet, however, is a surprise. No swanky starlet-worthy retrofits here. Just racks and racks of the cool stuff she’s famous for, packed into a converted bedroom, Filene’s-Basement-style because she knows what’s REALLY important. (Of course the architectural detail in her Park Avenue apartment fills in any blanks.)

Now on to Grandin Road’s Iris home collection

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - GR living room right
Grandin Road

A Chesterfield sofa in emerald green velvet is Iris-worthy, I’m thinking, but what’s up with the “sayings” pillow and art? I get that Iris is very quotable, but she’d have no sayings on her walls and pillows. She’d be living that dream OUT LOUD.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - monkey
Grandin Road

You can’t help but love the monkey, as well as the vibrant area rug he’s seated on. I can see this in her place, but the monkey would be holding a cool bowl filled with some of that chunky jewelry.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - elephant
Grandin Road

Ditto for the elephant console, though he’s a bit clumsy-looking, what with a head at both ends. (And probably doubly embarrassed by his $799 price tag!)

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - demilune cabinet
Grandin Road

I could see the green demilune cabinet in her apartment (or my condo).

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - living room left
Grandin Road

But most of the rest of the collection is not posh enough and not “out there” enough to be Iris Apfel.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - rolling cart
Grandin Road

In fact, the only area where superlatives fit is price.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - tablesetting

Who really designed this?

Maybe the joke’s on us

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - plates and platters

Maybe Iris is getting a good laugh out of this. It’s the serving platter that gave it away for me.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - ostrich platter cu
Grandin Road

That’s an ostrich on there–a weird choice since Iris would never stick her head in the sand. I can’t help but think turkey. Or if you go with the Florida theme, a black flamingo, or the offspring of a pink one who mated with a Canadian goose.

A rare bird, like Iris herself, though I see her more as a peacock or a lyrebird.

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - Iris and husband, younger

But a joke is what we get for not realizing Iris was a star all those years ago, long before her hair went white and she donned the crazy glasses.

I did manage a FEW likes from the collection…

Click on the photo links to check out items for yourself and make up your own mind.

If you want more…

GOT MAIL / Iris Apfel & Grandin Road - Warhol style Iris

 

Please like and follow BoHo Home:
onpost_follow
(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *