Rack Adoration

Wondering what’s “in” this spring? According to The New York Times, it’s nature. Especially in the form of antlers. 

That’s right, racks are no longer just for the rustic hunting lodge—they’re popping up everywhere, from jewelry and graphics on T-shirts and hoodies to candlestick holders and chandeliers. Restaurants are jumping on the antler bandwagon, too.

There are antler-trimmed restaurants, as in the rustic realism of Cafe Cluny in the West Village, the contrived ski-lodge theme of Aspen in Chelsea and the wall of antlers in the Lobby Bar of the new Bowery Hotel. Baked, a bakery in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, uses antlers as its logo design. Seven Grand, a new whiskey bar in downtown Los Angeles, has a neon stag’s head marquee and antlers on just about every surface inside.

Dad will be tickled to know his garage has the same décor as hot-spot eateries. While he doesn’t have any qualms about mounting antlers, or feel the need to examine the deeper meaning behind his appreciation of them, the appeal of the branched, bony outgrowths to city dwellers is something on which designers are willing to pontificate.

“Antlers have a kind of maximalism that satisfies our urge for things to be overdesigned,” said David Wolfe, the creative director of the Doneger Group, which forecasts fashion and retail trends. “And because they are natural, we don’t have to take the blame for their being overdesigned. They are busy, convoluted objects, but they are natural.”


Still, many people seem to like them as florid decorative embellishment, though they are not exactly sure why, or whether they are politically correct. One may recall that it was the oafish Gaston, in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” who delivers the line in song, “I use antlers in all of my decorating.” So does most of Brooklyn.

Huh. In an inter-office survey, four out of four Brooklyn-dwelling Plenty staffers didn’t have a single antler adorning the walls or mantles of their apartments. Of course, we could always order Racks calendar to rectify this travesty. (If you look really hard, you might be able to spot the scantily clad women in the background.)


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