Everything you need to know to choose authentic retro furniture.
Have you ever noticed how your way of consuming on the internet affects the way you consume offline?
The union of a lot of time indoors in the pandemic days with the 15 seconds of TikTok videos aggravated a common trait between millennials and gen Z: the lack of patience.
Many of us want to shop on Instagram in two clicks, with as little research as possible, and we go crazy if the item doesn't arrive at our house within 24 hours. If you're wondering “what does this have to do with furniture?”, well, this habit is making us buy expensive, fake, and bad things.
According to experts and curators, the desire to have a retro design at the home is not in balance with our lack of effort in searching for them. With the reach of Pinterest and Instagram, pieces like the Togo sofa, Mario Bellini's Camaleonda, and the Wassily chair became extremely sought after, copied, and sold for a price similar to the authentic ones.
Disregarding the already painful part of spending US$3000 on a lying couch, add some guilt to your conscience. Who makes this sofa? If these seats are being made massively, what are the working conditions of these artisans? If this furniture doesn't have a certificate, who guarantees the quality of this material?
Take a deep breath and ask yourself: when choosing synthetic over leather in terms of saving, how long will it take until this piece falls apart and becomes garbage?
There are reasons for leather furniture by renowned designers costing what it does. There is the conception of ideas for each piece, the appreciation of artisans, as well as ethical, clean, and durable materials choices. That's why they're called classics, because they live long enough to make history.
If after all that you still want an exclusive piece that's a statement and unlike any other, don't lose hope.
1. Patience: If you want this design so bad, you can take the time to look it up with serious collectors and curators. If a month or so from now you've given up, it's because you didn't really want it. Take it, it's a free lesson about conscious consumption.
2. Appreciate who makes it: Do you want an exclusive, affordable design with guaranteed quality? Look for designers near you. A Togo is amazing and a Camaleonda takes your breath away, but nothing is as special as having a piece made just for you.
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