Do Elegant Urns Match with White Pianos?

“It’s a Hunk a’ Hunk of Burning Love” is a song made famous by …whom? Let me give you a hint: he’s the swinging singer with the swiveling hips who shocked the nation when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Stumped? Well if so, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are under fifty.

Those of us who are, ummm, shall we say mature, know immediately that Elvis Presley made the “Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love” song famous.

Side note: My brother is an Elvis fanatic and when he went to Graceland, he stayed in the Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love room at the hotel across the street. According to the hotel’s website, the Burning Love Suite features a rich, romantic decor (lots of red). It is inspired by Elvis’ 1972 hit record Burning Love and his status as a romantic idol.

I have a sneaking suspicion that our handmade designer urns wouldn’t be the best addition to the Graceland décor or to the Heartbreak Hotel across the street.

Graceland with Elvis inlay

In fact, I don’t think that Elvis would have liked any of our cast stone planters. I‘ve heard people who knew him talk about his big heart and his desire to be accepted as a real actor, and I should have a charitable attitude towards the poor guy. That being said, I still don’t think that he would have liked our cast stone planters or anything designed by Jacques Lamy, our French designer who gives our Modern Classics a European touch.

1-C-Atlantis Urns

By now, you are probably wondering what in the heck does “Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love” have to do with Archiped Classics’ garden urns and planters, not to mention stone benches and statues and custom fountains?

The truth is, not much. That’s a lie. Absolutely nothing.

However, the hunk a’ hunk part made me think of advertising and how many companies use prime physical specimens to sell products. As our garden décor is advertised in high-end design magazines, I often scroll through the pages looking at other ads. More than once, I’ve spied pictures of our cast stone statuary and urns in editorial stories in Architectural Digest and Veranda. Here is one of my favorites


Maybe Hunky Guys Could Sell Our Hand Finished Urns and Planters!

Awhile back, I came upon an ad that made me groan. It was ridiculous. There was a hunk o’ he-man without a shirt, hammering hot metal in the midst of a workshop that looked like a high-end stable for show horses. Believe me; it looked nothing like a sweltering blacksmithing operation.

The first thing I thought was, “There is no way that this guy works in a foundry.” The second thing I thought was “This company must be desperate to present products in this way.”

I couldn’t find the products anywhere in the ad. In fact, the hunk o’ he-man made such an impact that I cannot recall the name of the company. Note to advertisers: make an ad that causes the reader to remember your company, not the hunk o’ he-man without a shirt.

I tried to find the ad so that you could see it. I Googled everything that I could think of that would bring me to a site having to do with producing or selling hammered metal home décor, but it never appeared. What did appear, however, were images that I decided not to save to my blog file in order to save my soul. Guess I shouldn’t have Googled hunky men.

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