The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unsettling time for many people. Now, many are looking for the reassurance that owning antique furniture brings.
According to design expert Stephen Crafti, in the 1980s, young people rejected antique furniture in favour of contemporary design. He says that this has now changed:
“In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, people are finding reassurance in having a few select pieces of brown furniture in their homes.”
People are spending more time at home during lockdowns and are focusing on what they have in their homes. Many householders are turning away from mass-produced flatpack furniture. Rather than have many cheap chipboard furniture items, they prefer to have fewer but higher quality antiques.
Though COVID-19 may not be directly associated with climate change, the pandemic has caused many to focus on environmental issues. People concerned about the environment prefer to use natural materials in their homes. Wood is seen as a more “real” material that is closer to nature. Antique furniture was made in an age where skilled carpenters crafted handmade pieces from hardwood.
There is also an issue with the carbon emissions from the energy used in the mass production of modern furniture. Antiques require no energy to manufacture as they have already been made.
While there are no new antiques being produced, this does not mean that Lancashire dealers have a shortage of items for sale. There are plenty of antique desks, chairs, sofas and other furniture available for discerning buyers.
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