While visiting some of the best vintage dealers in LA and New York I began to get a real understanding of why the world cherishes vintage pieces of mid century design.
As a buyer and furniture designer I am constantly looking for either something new and exciting or something that works with the heritage of the brand. After seeing some of my favourite designs in the flesh I realized that most of the best designs were born 30 – 60 years ago, and they are still available to be purchased if you have the funds.
Whilst visiting the first physical store from vintage specialists 1st Dibs I came across an incredible chair from Sergio Rodrigues. It looked like some kind of animal covered in the most perfect pale green leather, with a price tag of $175,000! Rodrigues is still alive and his pieces are worth more than a luxury European car.
For some reason these high prices excite me and give me slightly more faith that design still has great value in our society. It is interesting to consider that designs such as Jean Prouve’s Standard chair were initially produced as a utilitarian chair for post war use and are now worth up to 10k.
From an interiors perspective vintage design can bring an unprecedented impact to a space. Something which was created in the 1940’s with minimal fuss and exposed hardware can really help mature a new scheme.
A few pointers to remember when buying vintage;
1. Do your research, all great designs can be priced online today so don’t let a dealer tell you otherwise
2. Don’t go too vintage, you don’t want to look like a cat lady.
3. Just because it looks Scandinavian does not make it good vintage
4. Like art, buy what you love not what you think you should buy
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