There has been a boom in the sale of antique furniture in 2018 and this could be the effect of environmentally-friendly buyers.
Much modern furniture, such as found in IKEA and similar stores has been called ‘fast furniture’ and has been labelled as cheap but not designed to last. Young people, in particular, are starting to reject this idea in favour of well-made, long-lasting furniture. Antique furniture has not been mass produced and has already lasted for a considerable time. Many antiques have had several owners, so can be regarded as recycled objects.
Benedict Winter from Christie’s auction house said:
“It definitely helps that people care about green furniture, and this combined with the history and the craftsmanship really appeals to 21st century people. The trend is towards sustainability and less of a throwaway culture and that’s definitely been reflected in our auction sales.”
Not all antique furniture is expensive. Well-made furniture will last for many more years, so will not need replacing like cheaper furniture. Pontus Silfverstolpe of auctioneers Barnebys said:
“It is just not sustainable for our world to continue to consume as we do today, and have done over the last few decades. So, today, many of the younger generation actively choose to furnish their homes with pre-owned furniture, which surprisingly is often cheaper than even IKEA furniture.”
Whether you buy antiques for their aesthetic appeal or because of environmental concerns, you will find many fine items such as antique desks and antique settees at Lancashire antique dealers for reasonable prices.
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