As you’re reading this I’m assuming you’ve pretty much immersed in the world of interior design. You will appreciate, in this case, that every now and then there are some items, be that furniture, accessories, or lighting, that a true connoisseur will know are a must in order to create a truly modern home look. There are some things that say ‘now’ more than any others, and we’re all hunting for the best versions to complete our homes with, or else the FOMO becomes real, my friends.
The challenge here is to find versions of these ‘must-have items’ that are special. Unique. Not the same off-the-shelf items that everyone has. We want to find the pieces that are on trend, but also so special and unique, that we won’t see replicated in everyone’s homes. Items so distinguished that will stand the test of time even when the trend has passed, and that we can keep in the long run. When we’ve found that, we know we’ve struck gold. A good place to start looking for really special items are vintage markets and shops, or artisans' ateliers.
Finding the right things can make your home super relevant for now, but the best examples are also timeless in a way that makes them worth investing in. We asked an expert to give us the low down on what the most stylish people are hunting for right now.
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1. The 'characterful' dining table
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Dining tables are items that you shouldn't feel nervous about investing in because you will be less likely to change them. Go for good quality materials that will last, such as solid wood. This will also make it easy to accessorize, and, if you feel the need for a change, you can always swap out the chairs for a fresh look.
'We're finding that there are a lot of people looking for dining tables at the moment. As we head into Fall, homeowners are returning to the kitchen after a summer of traveling and on-the-go meals. Tables are the heart of the kitchen and dining rooms, enabling families to enjoy special meals to keep a sense of togetherness as daily schedules become busy again. They are also the perfect item to upgrade ahead of the holiday season when they'll be of great use!' explains Susan.
Fine early 19th century Swedish trestle table, ca 1800 Sweden. Dimensions: Height: 29.93 in; Width: 90.56 in; Depth: 25.2 in (64 cm)
2. Multi-functional stools
A unique-looking stool can make such a lovely and functional addition to any room. It can have multiple practical purposes but alongside living room furniture, they can also just be used as a display item.
'Stools always seem to be popular, but they're moving as quickly as ever. I find them to be versatile, which is why they're always appealing to buyers. They're often used as seats, but people also often look to them as a stand, or simply as an accent item within a room,' Susan shares.
19th-century Swedish folk art stool in Its original condition with great patina, ca 1810 Sweden.
3. The storage cabinet unit
One can never get enough storage space, especially if living in a city apartment, so you might as well invest in good quality pieces that you also like the look of because you will be getting a lot of use out of them.
'Another request we've been getting frequently is for cabinets, oftentimes specifically for kitchens and bedrooms. Fall is a great season for reorganization and people enjoy looking for new vessels to store their items,' Susan tells me.
Good 19th century Gustavian buffet in its original finish with two drawers and shelves in the interior. Ca 1800 Sweden.
4. A unique office chair
'Since hybrid work is here to stay, more and more people are looking for the most comfortable chairs for their home office. What's great is that they don't have to sacrifice design or aesthetics. People tend to gravitate to high-design chairs, in both form and function,' explains Susan.
Think outside the box when it comes to office chairs. The most important thing is to feel comfortable and have a good seating position, however, don't limit yourself to traditional office furniture - you can also use dining chairs for this purpose.
Danish early 20th century elm leather armchair by Ole Wanscher. Ca 1940s. Dimensions: Height: 39.37 in; Width: 23.62 in; Depth: 19.68 in; Seat Height: 17.71 in
5. The ultra comfortable mattress
A modern home is all about comfort, especially when it comes to resting. Your home is your sanctuary, so make sure your bed and mattress allow for that well-deserved time to recharge.
'Families are coming home inspired by summer travels. After getting the children back into school they are thinking about their primary home and how to make it more comfortable. Many are looking for a new mattress or upgrading their bedding,' says Susan.
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Mattress handmade in Sweden by expert craftspeople from layers of natural materials.
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This dining table is inspired by Swedish design. Made from solid pine it easily sits 10 people.
With craftsmanship inspired details this stool will be a lovely accent in any room, either used for seating, as a side table, or as a decorative element.
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Raluca is Digital News Writer for Livingetc.com and passionate about all things interior and living beautifully. Coming from a background writing and styling shoots for fashion magazines such as Marie Claire Raluca’s love for design started at a very young age when her family’s favourite weekend activity was moving the furniture around the house ‘for fun’. Always happiest in creative environments in her spare time she loves designing mindful spaces and doing colour consultations. She finds the best inspiration in art, nature, and the way we live, and thinks that a home should serve our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as our lifestyle.
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