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Glass table and guermonprez chairs

Glass table and Guermonprez chairs

In today’s fast-paced world, where trends and fashions change at the blink of an eye, the concept of buying second-hand and vintage furniture has gained remarkable significance. This shift isn’t just about nostalgia; it’s about recognizing the enduring quality and timeless design of pieces from the 1960s and 70s. These decades brought forth designs that remain strikingly contemporary, modernist, and unparalleled in quality. However, in Luxembourg, there is still a notable skepticism towards embracing this trend as a first choice. 

The allure of vintage furniture lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but also in the story it tells. Pieces crafted from exquisite materials like rosewood, light and dark bamboo, or period oak bring an unmatched warmth and character to any interior. This is particularly true for the modern apartments built in Luxembourg during the 2000s and 2010s, where such vintage pieces can transform a space, providing a much-needed experiential charm.

Italian lamp and vintage armchairs

Italian lamp and vintage armchairs

The timeless designs of the 60s and 70s continue to be relevant, with iconic names such as AXIS 71, which reissues lamps designed by Carlo Nason and Christophe Gevers. These pieces are not merely decorative; they are focal points, representing the ingenuity and mastery of design from those eras. They offer a unique blend of functionality and artistry that stands the test of time.

Incorporating vintage furniture into a home doesn’t mean adhering strictly to a retro aesthetic. Rather, it’s about creating a harmonious blend of old and new. A mix of vintage, antique, and contemporary pieces can make a space feel inviting and lived-in. This eclectic approach ensures that your interior is not just a showroom but a true reflection of personality and style.

The environmental benefits of choosing second-hand furniture cannot be overstated. Participating in the circular economy by reusing materials like wood reduces the need for new production, thereby conserving resources and minimizing waste. Many of the pieces I curate at Subtile come from local sources, predominantly France and Belgium, with a few Scandinavian items. These pieces have history—they’ve been touched and loved, and they carry the spirit of their previous owners.

There is an intrinsic value in vintage furniture that is often underestimated. Over time, I’ve observed that the worth of these pieces tends to appreciate. What might be considered a modest investment today could potentially double in value in a year. This trend suggests that vintage pieces will eventually surpass the average value of new, high-quality furniture.

When seeking vintage pieces, it’s important to approach the process differently than when buying new. Instead of having a fixed idea of what you want, start with a concept—whether it’s storage, seating, or decoration. Allow yourself to be guided by the available pieces and seek advice based on what’s in stock. This open-minded approach often leads to discovering unique items that you might not have considered otherwise.

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By choosing second-hand and vintage, we are not only making a sustainable choice but also preserving the craftsmanship and stories embedded in these pieces. The joy of knowing that a piece of furniture has found a new life in your home, rather than ending up in a landfill, is immense. Each item becomes a part of your story, carrying forward the legacy of its past.

In conclusion, integrating vintage furniture into modern homes in Luxembourg is more than just a trend; it’s a thoughtful choice that combines sustainability, history, and exceptional design. It’s time to recognize the beauty and value of these timeless pieces and embrace them as integral elements of contemporary living.

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