Today’s consumers are moving on from the build it yourself, flat pack furniture that has been popular since the 1970s. Nowadays people want something with a little more style and elegance, and they are leaning towards vintage and retro furniture, and even antiques. Retro furniture usually refers to pieces from the 60s and sometimes 70s; the most popular area for this to be incorporated now is in a kitchen or dining area. The 60s dinette and Formica surfaces are making a comeback in these areas; along with the rounded shapes of the kitchen appliances.
As there is debate nowadays around how old pieces have to be before they become antique: some say 100 years old and some say only 50; this latter would make furniture from the 60s already antique. However, products from this era are generally referred to as retro, or at best vintage. Most people think of much older furniture when they imagine antiques, like Louis XV chairs or Chesterfield sofas and leather beds.
The Chesterfield sofa has been around since the 18th century, when it was commissioned by the Earl of Chesterfield as a sturdy piece of furniture for gentlemen to sit on comfortably, while remaining in an upright position becoming to their status. The leather Chesterfield sofa is very popular today and although still built in the same sturdy design; can be surprisingly comfortable. It is also produced at much more affordable prices now, whereas in the past only the very wealthy could afford to own one. The leather Chesterfield sofa has become synonymous with psychiatrists and psychoanalysts since it was first used by Freud, although it is now also used as a family sofa in many homes.
You will find vintage and retro furniture surprisingly affordable at stores online; in fact you can buy a used piece of handcrafted furniture for the same price or less than the plastic and chipboard “creations” that are produced today. People are going to great lengths to create unusual and unique atmospheres in their homes; with maybe a living room filled with antique furniture and a beautiful leather chesterfield sofa, leading through to a kitchen and diner dressed in retro 60s style. Upstairs you might find one bedroom in elegant vintage style with a four poster bed, and the next bedroom fitted with white furniture in sleek modern lines; with maybe a third bedroom in a completely different style or theme. Even bathrooms nowadays are heading back to older designs; with claw foot tubs and old-style taps giving a much homelier feel to the bathroom than the cold angular designs and surfaces of recent years.
Every style of modern, antique, vintage and retro furniture can be found for sale online; offering a much easier way to browse different styles until you find your perfect piece. Save yourself hours of trudging from store to store and sit down comfortably, and let your computer take you back through bygone eras to furniture produced back then, but available to you now at surprisingly affordable prices.