Midcentury Furniture: Useful, Beautiful or Both?
|My Heywood-Wakefield kitchen table|
When we bought our first house we got a lot of advice. But like all advice, some of it was bad, some good and some just sounded good. Many people told us to buy the most expensive furniture we could afford because we were going to have it forever. Turns out my friends had heard this as well.
|The table in my hard to find eat-in kitchen|
A few years and a new job later, we moved to a different state with a much higher cost of living where ranch style houses were very rare. Guess what? Most of the furniture didn't fit in our tiny home that was all we could afford! We literally couldn't fit pieces up or down the stairs and the couch was longer than the living room -- we could either block the fireplace or the front door!
I really mourned the loss of that midcentury sofa. Still do. But I wasn't willing to rent a storage shed for furniture I couldn't use. And, it turns out, the fortune I spent recover that couch? It would be dated by now anyway and would have cost me another fortune.
I've seen this chair referred to as wishbone,
dog bone and dog biscuit
And when we bought our last house it actually influenced which house we bought! The new style here was houses with no formal dining rooms and kitchens with islands to eat at. I actually picked an older home so I could have a dining room and an eat-in kitchen because I wouldn't give up my great dining room table or my Heywood-Wakefield kitchen table. But that's just me.
It's hard to predict the future. Will you move or stay? Will your home decor be in style in 10 years? 20? Do you care? One the one hand, now we have Ikea, other cheap furniture stores with many stylish options, and thrift stores, and garage and estate sales. On the other, so many people today designing high-end, eco-friendly furniture that will become the antiques of tomorrow. It's hard to know where to put your money.
The best advice? "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- William Morris