I am sure you will have heard someone, probably an elder, make the statement that the furniture selling in the shops these days is cheap and tacky in comparison to what was being sold a few generations ago; the furniture that was being made before the introduction of the large factories and the machinery that took over what would have once been made by hand. The point that they will have been trying to make is for the most part an accurate one, and one that most people will logically be in agreement with. Like with so many things, furniture that was being made by hand and at small family owned companies was made by someone who had a passion for what they were doing. The time and care that will have been applied to crafting each of the units of a collection being sold at one of those small family owned furniture stores of the past is what would set those old units of furniture far apart from the modern machine made units of today.
There are many units of the past that I would really love to see more of in today’s furniture market in the UK as I do have a taste for the older styled furniture designs rather than the many new styles and designs that are making up much of what is being stocked and sold across the majority of furniture websites, as well as the high-street home furniture stores. There is now a real demand for contemporary, modern and industrial themed furniture ranges, with sharp, clean edging and synthetic colours. I have to admit though, that even though I have a more mature taste when it comes to furniture, I still am often coming across new, innovative seating and table designs that are very interesting and attractive. However, even when I am presented with a aesthetically beautifully designed living room/coffee table from one of the modern furniture collections, I never end up buying any of it, because it just would look so out of place when I come to trying to fit it in back at my place, which is totally furnished with a collection of hand-made hardwood units, that all share the characteristics of furniture being made pre-industrial revolution.
Two units from the past that I am especially fond of, that I have noticed creeping back into fashion which is great, are four-poster beds and home bars. The four-poster bed is a unit most of you are likely familiar with, but the home bars, in case you are wondering, also make for the perfect place to store your collection of spirits and liquors as most bars will come with a built in drinks cabinet. Have a look around for these two types of furniture units now if you are interested, and I am confident you will like what you see. Perhaps you will like these ideas so much, that you will soon be the proud owner of your own home-bar and elegant, classy, four poster bed.