Designer furniture is furniture that has been designed by an individual or a company to be very fashionable and contemporary in style. It is often unique and usually made from the best materials. Because designer furniture is very stylish and made very well, it is usually pricier than mass-produced furniture.
Some people are under the impression that designer furniture is uncomfortable and expensive but this is not the case. Admittedly sometimes pieces are uncomfortable and overpriced but most are designed with comfort as well as style in mind and most are fairly priced.
Throughout history there have been notable furniture designers that have made outstanding creations that are still very sought after.
An example of a notable furniture designer is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was a Scottish designer and part of the Arts and crafts movement. He is well known for his striking chairs with high backs. These were designed for the Argyll Street Tea Room.
A more modern furniture designer is Terence Conran who founded Habitat.
A company well known for furniture design is Knoll. Their famous tulip chair, by Eero Saarinen was created in the 1950’s but is still very much in demand today. It is made from aluminium and moulded fibreglass reinforced plastic and can be customised with a choice of coloured seat pads. The simple design is beautiful. They are also famous for the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. This was designed in 1929 but has been widely copied since the 1960’s.
The designers of today could one day be in this league and so it pays to look after any pieces you buy.
When you look to buy designer furniture you obviously need to make sure that you are buying the genuine article so look for makers marks. Also look at the quality of the workmanship and the materials used.
If you are looking to make an investment in the hope that it will rise in value, make sure that you research the designer you are interested in and see how the value of their work has changed over the years. Also look at how well known they are compared to what potential you think they have. Catching a young design graduate before they hit the big time can net you a great bargain.
If you are buying designer furniture make sure that you really love the piece because they don’t always go up in value.
Designer furniture is great because it leads the way and the High Street follows. It is made well and from quality materials. If you love quality goods and fashionable design then this type of furniture could be just for you.