In general, furniture nowadays is a lot more affordable as it is mass produced and mostly is not designed to last a life time. People are usually thrown off by the price of good quality designer furniture, however, one should learn that exceptional furniture should be valued like a piece of art or antique which will show an incredible staying power, looking just as contemporary now as when they were first designed and it will last you a life time or more. Like any antique, rare masterpiece furniture can increase in value if it is unique, first edition, special edition, or very small series.
Never under estimate the potential growth value of a piece of designer furniture as it may double or triple in value if it is in mint condition. Traditionally, most of the furniture collectors are from Europe or the US, but there is an increasing trend of Asians who are slowly entering the market too. Due to globalization, people in general are more well-traveled, cultured and knowledgeable in design. A museum worthy furniture piece can be and should be passed down from generation to generation like a piece of jewellery.
“Herman miller is a classic. They have a lot of pieces which you can choose from. One of my favourite is George nelson bench which can be used in multiple ways (sitting bench, coffee table, along the edge of the bed)”
M.Arch (MELB) Hons, RAIA
BY Projects Architecture