What’s a home without furniture, right? No matter whether or not you’re minimalist, you’ll never be minimalist enough so as not to have any sort of furniture in your home. Same as your clothes, the furnishings you choose speak volumes about you, your taste, and whether or not you enjoy to overspend on fine things.
Even if we don’t see it that way, furniture has a rather expressive role, so apart from using it for functionality, we use it to personalise our space and make a statement. This is different from the times furniture first came to be and the sophistication of comfort is the proof of it.
Additionally, your choice on fake or original pieces, like replica or designer tables, has a say in your personality too as well as your budget. Unlike in the EU where a law was passed in favour of designers, the situation in Australia is different – replica is in high demand.
However, there are many designer pieces, like the vast variety of designer tables for example, from many Australian and worldwide designers you could choose from that wouldn’t necessarily break your bank, as some iconic furniture can. Yeah, you guessed it, I have the Eames lounge chair in mind!
Looking at the specific pieces of furniture in a home, one of the most used is usually the sofa, with an average of four to five hours each day, including for meals, specifically dinner with 85% of people choosing it over the dining table, which translates to about 13 times a month used as a table.
As such, it’s also the piece that gets most stains and spillages; about 1500 spillages throughout its lifespan (about eight years) to be exact. This makes me rethink my eating habits given the amount of money I’d spent on cleaning detergents and professional cleaners!
When it comes to the materials, the first concept of furniture that came to be in the 3000 to 2500 BC was stone, so we’ve certainly come a long way given the wide range of options nowadays, both natural and synthetic.
Though leather may not be everyone’s favourite, be it out of ethical reasons or preference, it’s a by-product of the beef industry and would be waste if not used by the furniture industry. A material that’s very much in style now as it was when it first appeared during the Victorian era in the realm of furniture is glass.