Designer furniture is furniture designed by an individual or a company to be very fashionable and contemporary in style. It is often unique and usually made with the best materials. Since designer furniture is very elegant and very well made, it is usually more expensive than standard furniture.
Some people have the impression that designer furniture is uncomfortable and expensive, but that’s not the case. Sure, sometimes the pieces are uncomfortable and expensive, but most are designed with comfort and style in mind and most are reasonably priced.
Throughout history there have been important furniture designers who have created exceptional creations that are still highly sought after.
An example of a well-known furniture designer is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was a Scottish designer and was part of the artistic and craft movement. It is famous for its extraordinary high back chairs. These were designed for the Argyll Street tearoom.
A more modern furniture designer is Terence Conran who founded Habitat.
A well-known company for furniture design is Knoll. Their famous tulip chair, by Eero Saarinen, was created in the 1950s, but is still in great demand today. It is made of aluminum and molded glass fiber reinforced plastic and can be customized with a choice of colored padding. The simple design is beautiful. They are also famous for Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona chair. This was designed in 1929 but has been widely copied since the 1960s.
Today’s designers may one day be in this league and therefore it is worth taking care of all the pieces you buy.
When you try to buy designer furniture you obviously have to make sure you buy the original item, so look for the brands of the manufacturers. See also the quality of the workmanship and the materials used.
If you are looking to make an investment in the hope that it will increase in value, be sure to research the designer you are interested in and see how the value of their work has changed over the years. See also how well known they are in relation to the potential you think they have. Capturing a young graduate in design before reaching the big moment can make you make a big deal.
If you are buying designer furniture, make sure you really love the piece because it doesn’t always increase in value.
The designer furniture is fantastic because it opens the way and the High Street follows. It is made well and with quality materials. If you love quality products and trendy design, this type of furniture could be right for you.
by Rebecca G Wishford