Designer Furniture – Too Expensive?

The old adage is, “You get what you pay for.”  As consumer products go, this is generally a good rule to follow, and one that most of us probably abide by, with regard to meaningful purchases.  This raises the question, however, of where is that imaginary line or threshold when spending more money won’t give you any additional quality.  SPOILER ALERT!!!  You won’t find a magical formula or equation anywhere in this blog post, so if you’re looking for one here, stop reading!

Now, let the rant continue.

Some of the more well known and / or popular modern & contemporary furniture companies like Knoll, Design Within Reach, & West Elm, to name a few, have wonderful product lines for the creatively minded individual’s stylistic appetite, but affordability almost has to be a non-issue when considering purchasing from these companies. To poke at one of these companies, Design Within Reach has an extensive product offering, and the quality seems to be superb, but at what cost?  I mean, really?  Within reach? I officially dub the company “Design Out of the Reach of Most”, as this is a more appropriate namesake.

Does this mean just the financially “comfortable” or wealthy should be the only people allowed to have access to designer goods?  This is a topic of heated debate in the design world. On the one hand, great design does take time to compose, and time is money.  These costs do get passed down to the consumer, but just how much is enough?  On the other hand, how much is enough with regard to profit?

Creative thought as expressed through design doesn’t have to be expensive, and in fact, creativity can manifest itself even more sometimes, when budget is of a primary concern.  Instead of manufacturing from raw materials, reusing or repurposing existing manufactured items can render amazing results in creativity. Take, for instance, a company like Relique. They have made it their business to repurpose and recycle manufactured items to fit within the context of a contemporary, or my personal favorite, an eclectic home decor.

On the higher end of the “bargain priced modern” spectrum would be a company like CB2, Crate & Barrel’s modern subsidiary. Better still, Lexington Modern‘s furniture deals seem to be very affordable (I guess that’s relative) to the common man.

Really, it all boils down to this. I’m just bitter. Bitter because I would love to get my hands on some of the more famous contemporary furniture designs, that aren’t knock-offs or cheap imitations.  I guess what I’m trying to say is even though your resources may be limited, with a little research and sometimes a lot of creativity, you can “have your cake and eat it too”, with relation to “designer” furniture. You just have to do your homework.