There’s always been a taste for antique furnishings. These days, a widely acquired taste.
Antiques are hot partly because of supply chain delays and higher prices for many custom or mass market pieces. There’s also the public’s turn toward sustainability: Environmentally-conscious buyers are averse to throwaway furniture and are trying to reuse and recycle.
There is no doubt that there is more awareness around sustainability than ever before. We are seeing both consumers and companies being encouraged to make drastic changes in order to be more environmentally conscious, particularly in the food and fashion industries. And, it seems that this movement has hit theF interiors world too, with more millennials than ever investing in second-hand, antique furniture.
According to antique search engine, Barnebys – which monitors over 2,000 auction houses and hosts more than one million items daily – more and more young people are choosing to buy pre-owned furniture for their homes.
The site says that the huge rise in people buying antiques has also been met with a shift in the type of people interested in the market. Once dominated by older men, it is now often young women who are choosing to shop these pre-owned pieces.
The trend for having one-of-a-kind furniture is of course a draw, but this is nothing new, what has changed is people's awareness regarding the environment. The appeal of buying antique furniture is that nothing needs to be produced. Just like buying vintage pieces of clothing, it is a sure-fire way of reducing your carbon footprint.