With growing demand, vintage furniture is now more popular than ever
SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — pulpit, the leading online destination for chic and unique home furnishings, today announced the results of its annual survey of interior designers. With over 2,000 respondents, the survey results indicate a transformational shift in designer buying habits towards vintage furnishings.
Seventy percent of designers surveyed said they buy more vintage products today than they did at the same time in 2021. The popularity of vintage has exploded over the past year with 98 % of designers using vintage furniture and artwork in their projects, according to the survey. . Of particular note is the insatiable vintage habit of designers in the Southeastern United States, with 80% of local designers saying they buy more vintage today than a year ago. This is a particularly influential trend given the population growth that has taken place in the region over the past two years.
The designers also revealed that 45% of the budget for a typical residential design project (which is on average $270,000 in scope) is now moving towards vintage furnishing and decorating.
Demand for vintage furniture is booming for practical reasons, including vintage’s immunity to current supply chain issues and inflationary pressure, its sustainability benefits, and the stylish appeal of one-of-a-kind pieces. Designers report that by using vintage, they can offer their clients a one-of-a-kind look that isn’t replicated elsewhere and do it on time and on budget.
When asked why they buy vintage rather than new:
- 90% of designers turn to vintage because vintage “makes a space more multi-dimensional and dynamic”
- 60% of designers agree that vintage is “more respectful of the planet”
- More than 50% of designers prefer the immediate availability of vintage and shorter lead times
“I always start with vintage in my designs and build from there,” said Zoë Feldman, an interior designer based in washington d.c. “Buying pieces from the past that can never be recreated and are unique is special and, coincidentally, enduring.”
In 2020, supply chain issues in the broader home segment have slowed the manufacture and delivery of new goods and the delays continue through 2022. Because they are already manufactured, vintage goods did not experience these delays. In addition, consumers today are faced with inflation reaching a four-decade high. While prices for newly manufactured products have increased significantly, vintage prices have remained constant, providing a much-needed refuge from inflationary prices.
“Design enthusiasts have come to appreciate the practical, environmental and style benefits of vintage furniture,” said Anna Brockway, co-founder and president of Chairish. “Vintage has proven to be the stylish antidote to the supply chain rumble and rising inflation rates that are impacting the furniture industry right now.”
Survey respondents ranked Chairish as the best source for furniture and art, scoring the highest of any resource over the past five years. Chairish is also accelerating faster in favor of competitors, including other marketplaces, design hubs, industry events and social media.
About Chairish Founded in 2013, Chairish is the premier emporium where designers and tastemakers source exceptional furniture and artwork. Named the #1 “can’t live without decorating app” that will “change the way you shop for furniture online” by Architectural Digest, Chairish delights millions of shoppers with its expert curation of exclusive inventory and diverse, a refreshing shopping experience and rewards – winning customer service. As a marketplace, Chairish is committed to building a more sustainable, planet-friendly home industry and supports the circular economy through the purchase and resale of vintage and antique pieces. Entrepreneur lists Chairish as one of “America’s Best Entrepreneurial Companies” and UNITED STATES Today, readers named Chairish the “best place to shop for furniture and home decor online.” Chairish has raised funds from investors including Tritium Partners, Altos Ventures Ltd, Azure Capital and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Chairish Inc. is the San Franciscoparent company of Chairish.com and Pamono.com.
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