How many times have you been to a friend’s house only to find the same carbon-copy IKEA products? IKEA is great, but vintage furniture is a fantastic opportunity to give your space an extra edge, making it feel uniquely yours.
As most designers would agree, vintage pieces inject warmth and personality into your home. Here are two examples of classic designs which have come back into style recently.
Rattan is amazing. It blends perfectly with most interiors and its natural construction is good for the planet as well as you. Able to be used inside and out, it can transform any room in your home. From a feature mirror to an accent chair, there’s a rattan piece to brighten up any room.
The Wishbone Chair
You’ve likely seen this wishbone dining chair around, replicas are currently available at most furniture stores. But did you know that the original was designed in 1950 by Hans J. Wegner? This icon of design is a classic for a reason. It looks gorgeous as a dining chair, as well as an occasional chair in a bedroom or a desk chair in a study.
With so many great vintage products out there it’s tempting to want them all, but following a few simple rules will help keep your room harmonious. To make your space unique and give it a vintage touch, without making it feel like it’s straight out of 1960, stick to timeless designs and keep your colourpalette simple. A good tip is to match timber tones. For example, if you want to mismatch your dining chairs, try to find them all in the same colour. Mixing new and vintage furniture will also help your interior look contemporary and balanced.
The downside with vintage furniture is the large amount of time needed to find it. It can be very tricky to find through common avenues such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace and it will take multiple visits to markets or second-hand stores to find styles you like.
Fortunately, some helpful places have already done all that hard work for you:
Case 22 specialises in high-end, vintage designer furniture
Vampt Vintage Design has a solid range of mid-century furniture
Home Furniture on Consignment specialises in quality pre-owned designer furniture