10 furniture pieces that have gone extinct in the modern era

  • November 13, 2023

For as long as humans have had the desire to put down roots and build a home, there has also been the need to furnish those dwellings. Stone furnishings have been found in Skara Brae on Scotland’s Orkney Islands, dating as far back as 3200 B.C.E.

Crafted goods like these have always served multiple purposes in homes across the world. Some pieces are built with a specific, practical function in mind—which unfortunately tends to render them obsolete when those functions are no longer necessary. Items like telephone tables and smoking stands, which were highly fashionable in the first half of the 20th century, have now all but disappeared from contemporary homes.

In addition to its functionality, furniture can also contribute to the style or decor of a space. Secretaire bookcases, for example, provided the benefit of both storage space and a convenient work surface. More elaborate versions, like the Louis XVI style, also featured inlaid wood designs and fine marble tops, elevating them to statement pieces in 18th-century French homes.

Sometimes trends cycle back decades later, but often pieces of furniture disappear to make way for something that suits the needs of the era better. Living Spaces curated a list of 10 such pieces of furniture that were once popular but are no longer prevalent in modern homes, using information from various sources.

Keep reading to learn more about the purpose of these classic pieces, what made them so coveted in their heyday, and what eventually caused them to go out of style.

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Fantasia Furniture Supplies Premium Quality, Modern Furniture Online

  • November 2, 2023

Fantasia Furniture, the leading supplier of modern furniture, stocks a wide range of high-quality, stylish furniture online for homes and offices at affordable prices. They also offer customisable options for selected furniture pieces.

Sydney, NSW – October 31, 2023 – Furniture is the first piece of attraction and takes up most of the space in a home or office. Interesting furniture pieces with stylish features complete the overall look of the home and increase productivity in workspaces. Fantasia Furniture is committed to offering online furniture in Sydney crafted by the leading designers to meet the aesthetic and functional needs of homes or office spaces.

When asked about this, “At Fantasia Furniture, we are committed to supplying elegant pieces of furniture that match any interior design. Whether you are into a minimalistic design or want a classic style, we’ve furniture that exceeds your expectations. We offer a wide range of unique Sydney furniture at attractive prices,” replied the spokesperson of Fantasia Furniture.

He also continued, “Our mission is to ensure your comfort and satisfaction by catering to your furniture requirements with our high-quality goods. We offer you the highest-quality furniture pieces in a variety of colours, designs, and sizes to meet your demands and desires.”

At Fantasia Furniture, they feature different types of furniture, including coffee tables, side tables, desks, recliner suites, storage units, sofas, wing chairs, sofa beds, lounges, dining chairs, dining tables – both round and rectangle, bedroom suites, bedside table, dressers and mirrors, mattresses, massage chairs, massage accessories, and more.

They also offer custom designs for selected furniture pieces. Their furniture for sale in Sydney are made using high-quality materials and are built to last. Their curated collections resonate with contemporary aesthetics, comfort, and durability.

“With Fantasia Furniture, buying furniture online has never been easier. Our user-friendly interface,

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Vintage furniture by Black designers at Hyde Park’s Recycled Modern

  • October 10, 2023

Walking into Shari Currie’s vintage furniture shop in Hyde Park feels like walking into home.

At Recycled Modern, the art on the walls, plush furniture throughout the store, faint smell of incense and carefully placed home decor are all intentionally curated and styled to encourage you to stay a while and explore.

“I wanted to create a space where people could feel comfortable with shopping for home decor,” Currie said. “Interior design doesn’t have to be stuffy and exclusive. It can be luxurious and inclusive.”

As a Black woman in the interior design and furniture space, making antique and vintage furniture accessible to her community is something that has long been of interest to the Chicago native. In addition, creating a space at Recycled Modern in which people feel safe, welcome, and supported is at the root core of who she is even outside of the business.

Currie previously operated her shop in Lincoln Park. While business was doing well, she didn’t feel that she was engaging and creating community among her patrons and neighborhood in the way she truly wanted to.

As someone who sources the pieces in her store largely from Black designers and people of color, Currie said the trending interior design aesthetics – neutrals, rich and authentic woods and art – has been influenced by Black culture and she wanted to create a space in which that was recognized and celebrated.

Since moving into her location at Harper Court in Hyde Park in November, Currie has not only been curating a collection of vintage furniture that people easily envision in their own homes, but she’s also been creating opportunities for designers of color to host panels and interactive programming in the store.

“The shop is like a home decor store, art gallery and a lounge,” Currie

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15 Expensive-Looking Furniture Pieces You Can Shop at Walmart Right Now

  • September 30, 2023

If you love the look of spendy, coveted furniture retailers such as Pottery Barn and West Elm furniture — but not the price tag — you need to start shopping at Walmart. The retailer has elevated their furniture game and is selling luxurious-looking designs that won’t break the bank, including bed frames, mattresses, sleeper sofas, couches, dining sets and dressers, all at an affordable price point.

Like got-it-all retailers like Amazon and Target, Walmart’s inventory is massive. To help you find a new stylish piece fit for your home, ET selected some of the best affordable furniture at Walmart that you can buy right now. From expensive-looking home decor to design-forward furniture pieces from brands such as Nathan James, Gap Home and Queer Eye, our list has something for everyone whether you can’t get enough of mid-century modern, boho, farmhouse or glam decor.

Keep scrolling to discover chic, expensive-looking furniture from Walmart.

Queer Eye Liam Futon

Queer Eye Liam Futon


Queer Eye Liam Futon

Who said futons only belong in dorm rooms? This green velvet sleeper sofa from Netflix’s Fab Five passes as a regular couch. Measuring 79 inches long and 33 inches deep, it easily converts between sitting, lounging and sleeping positions.


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Why does furniture fall apart so easily?

  • September 29, 2023

Years ago, furniture, like dressers or dining tables, was built to last for generations. Now, you’d be lucky if a bookshelf could survive a move. Why doesn’t modern furniture last as long as it used to? According to Washington Post reporter Rachel Kurzius, it starts with industry practices to raise profits. 

“Cheap manufacturing practices have conditioned consumers to expect that furniture should be inexpensive and fall apart in a few years,” Kurzius writes. “So not many shoppers are willing to pay for good quality even when it is available.”

She talks with “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal about modern furniture’s decline in quality. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: Not to put too fine a point on it, but what did happen to furniture in this country?

Rachel Kurzius: Well, Kai, it’s not great. I think anyone who’s purchased new furniture recently can tell you that often, it just doesn’t last very long. It used to be made out of solid wood. It used to be made out of domestically produced plywood. And now we’re seeing more particle board, we’re seeing worse quality plywood. And that has an impact on how wobbly the furniture is. Because things are designed to be put into pieces, they often end up in pieces as well.

Ryssdal: It used to be that the great state of North Carolina was a furniture hub in this country, right? Great stuff would come out of there, well-made by artisanal craftsmen and people who knew what they were doing. All of which is to say this is kind of a labor story too.

Kurzius: This is absolutely a labor story. And I think that it comes back to the idea that as soon as distance no longer became part of the equation, as

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Why buy new? Flipped furniture saves money, environment

  • September 26, 2023

Lisa Arnold is a transformer.

The Richland resident takes pieces of furniture that are outdated and brings them back to life.

“I am passionate about this,” said Arnold, owner of Fabulously Flipped. “I put my heart and soul into every piece to make it look beautiful again.”

She began by refurbishing some of her own furniture in 2018 and selling it at a local upcycle shop in Richland called Modern Yesterdays.

By the summer of 2022, Arnold began searching for additional pieces to flip. Her business began to grow to — she started refurbishing bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets and bedroom sets. She has recycled buffets, coffee tables, nightstands, desks and even old record players.

“A person might have a family heirloom they want to preserve, something special to them, and it just might need updated,” Arnold said. “They want to keep it, but feel like it needs a new color because they are changing the décor of their home. I can help them.”

One of the benefits is that clients don’t have to invest in purchasing new, she said.

According to Architectural Digest, a GlobalData survey said 54% of shoppers feel that buying secondhand furniture pieces is better for the environment.

Additionally, refurbished furniture adds a character that one isn’t going to find at budget or mass-produced furniture stores.

The cost of her service varies based on size, intricacy and technique — the paint and finishing process. Pricing for a six-drawer dresser starts at $200.

She typically works on quality wood pieces.

“I can save you money,” Arnold said. “A lot of times people get new countertops and floors and backsplashes for their kitchens. I can redo the cabinets for a fraction of the cost (of new ones).”

When she is doing a project such as refacing kitchen

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Midcentury modern design in 10 essential pieces | Entertainment News

  • September 16, 2023

Decade after decade, midcentury modern design continues to appeal. The New York Times noted a resurgence of the style in 1998. Nearly two decades later, there came another wave. Fast Company deemed it the “pumpkin spice latte of interior design.” It’s a style “Mad Men” popularized in the current century; its designers—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and more—are named in reverent whispers among design circles.

Even casual design fans have likely heard the phrase “midcentury modern design” before. It is an influential design movement that became popular in the United States in the mid-20th century. Heavily influenced by German Bauhaus design, the midcentury modern aesthetic favors clean, simple craftsmanship using a blend of natural and human-made materials.

Although the style’s heyday is roughly placed from 1933 to 1965, it truly took off post-World War II, an era soaked in optimism, first with the Allied victory and then eventually as the U.S. set its sights on space. Because of the war, the U.S. became a production powerhouse, and output from mining, construction, and manufacturing doubled between 1939 and 1944. As soldiers returned home to rebuild their lives, the need for housing and furnishing increased, fueling designers (many of whom were émigré) to turn to the latest technologies developed during the war and to the global influences for inspiration.

Interestingly, midcentury modern wasn’t born until 1984, when author Cara Greenberg coined it for her book “Mid-century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.” Since then, midcentury modern has become not just a style, argues Fast Company, but a “byword for ‘design’ itself,” or perhaps just taste.

So, which furniture pieces are essential to the era? Singulart used historical information and context from museums, experienced furniture resellers, and designers to compile a list of

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Best Labor Day Furniture Sales 2023

  • September 5, 2023

If you’ve been waiting on a good sale for an excuse to restyle your living room furniture or cozy up your outdoor space, this year’s assortment of Labor Day furniture sales won’t disappoint. Many popular retailers like Article, Burrow and Wayfair are offering sitewide discounts that can save you as much as 65%.

Whether you’re looking to create a dreamy mid-century modern bedroom or an enviable fire pit setup for fall, there’s a Labor Day furniture sale to match. Ahead, you’ll find a list of all the best savings events happening this weekend. If you’re looking for something specific, keep scrolling to check out 30 deals for your living room, dining room, patio and bedroom.

Best Labor Day Furniture Sales At A Glance

Best Labor Day Bedroom Furniture Deals: Bed Frames, Dressers, Nightstands And More

Best Labor Day Living Room Furniture Deals: Couches, Chairs, Media Consoles And More

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Best Labor Day Outdoor Furniture Deals: Outdoor Couches, Dining Sets And More

Best Labor Day Dining Room Furniture Deals: Dining Tables, Barstools, Chairs And More

For even more savings opportunities, head over to our Labor Day coupon page to check out the deals from some of our favorite brands.

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New Jersey business owners buy midcentury furniture straight from homes in Denmark

  • August 11, 2023

The credenza in the back of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van groaned as Lars Balderskilde drove through the woodlands near Vejle, Denmark, a city on a fjord about 2 1/2 hours from Copenhagen.

It was late January, and after passing a lake filled with swans, Balderskilde stopped at a house where he picked up an old bar cabinet that he paid for in cash. Then came stops at other homes to collect nesting tables and a mirror. The sun had set by the time he met Nina Toft and Grethe Kock, two sisters, at the home of their mother, whose funeral they had hosted earlier that day.

“It’s always emotional, but you have to let go,” Toft said to Balderskilde, who had come to look at various pieces in the house.

Kock showed him a tiny clay bird that she had made as a girl. “I’ll give you a good deal,” she said, jokingly.

Balderskilde did not take the bird. But he did fill the van with a teak dresser and bookcase the sisters’ parents had owned since the 1950s, a desk, a blue PH 5 pendant lamp and a Le Klint 325 floor lamp, a model originally designed to decorate a residence of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr. He paid the sisters $1,800 for the items.

Toft and Kock had contacted Balderskilde through a website where he offers to buy furniture from people all over Denmark. While lugging the pieces out of the house, Balderskilde told Toft, “I have a boutique in New York.”

The store, Lanoba, is actually in Jersey City, New Jersey, and sells refurbished Danish modern furniture, a minimalist style originating in Denmark that was typically made with natural materials like wood, leather and Danish cord from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Balderskilde, who is Danish, and

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Best Outdoor Furniture From Amazon | 2023

  • August 4, 2023

As POPSUGAR editors, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you’ll like too. If you buy a product we have recommended, we may receive affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work.

If you are looking to spruce up your backyard this summer, consider investing in new furniture that captures the comfort and feel of indoor pieces with the weather-resistant durability needed for the outdoors. Furnishing a backyard or even a small balcony will expand your living space, making homes with even the tiniest square footage feel more spacious. Whether you’re searching for a comfy outdoor sofa, an outdoor dining table with chairs, or even a hammock, we’ve got you covered.

Amazon carries a ton of impressive choices at affordable price points, with fast and free shipping. We’ve combed through the reviews of some of the retailer’s bestsellers to curate a range of outdoor furniture to fit a variety of needs, budgets, and aesthetics. From cute and compact bistro sets to sprawling outdoor sofas, we’ve found furniture options for both small outdoor spaces and large backyards. Whether your style is sleek and minimal, bohemian, or more traditional, we have silhouettes and materials that work for each aesthetic, including iconic styles like Adirondack chairs, Acapulco chairs, and more.

Keep reading to shop our top choices and transform your space before fall.

— Additional reporting by Angela Elias

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