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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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The Richland resident takes pieces of furniture that are outdated and brings them back to life.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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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 West Elm to Shop in 2023

  • June 3, 2023

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Whether you just moved into a new place or want to refresh your patio, investing in quality outdoor furniture will elevate the look of your outdoor space and encourage you to get more use out of it. One of our favorite retailers for uncovering modern yet earthy outdoor furniture is West Elm. The brand offers loads of options, from outdoor sofas, durable lounge chairs, and dining sets to coffee tables, side tables, and bar carts. The store really has it all, in a variety of styles and dimensions.

We’ve honed in on pieces that will bring luxury resort style to your home. Details like handwoven all-weather wicker, nylon cording that resembles rope, and water-resistant eucalyptus and mahogany not only assure these pieces are built to brave the elements, but they also capture the style and comfort of indoor furniture. To help you figure out which pieces are right for you, we’ve listed our favorite features, which environments we think these pieces are best for, who might want to avoid them, and details like dimensions, materials, and seating capacity. We know outdoor spaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can choose from pieces like expandable dining tables that can accommodate 10 people in a pinch or compact bistro tables perfect for two.

Shop our top picks from West Elm’s vast offerings ahead.

Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy

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Home decor brand Freedom Tree brings its first womenswear line, what to expect at the Hyderabad stor

  • March 30, 2023

Freedom Tree's womenswear line

Freedom Tree’s womenswear line

The fashion-mongers of the city have a new place to make the choicest buys. Freedom Tree, the design studio known for home decor and furnishings is joyfully foraying into womenswear, bringing its debut collection of bold, fresh and free-spirited ensembles to all its stores, including Hyderabad. Rightly titled Fiercely Feminine, the edit is most suitable for the spring and summer season with shirt dresses, mix-match co-ord sets, A-line skirts, and wraps to try on. The 16-pieces collection comes after Freedom Tree first launched a limited edition of unisex resort shirts that earned them a great response, making it natural to expand into apparel.

Freedom Tree’s new edit Fiercely Feminine
Shirt dress from Fiercely Feminine

Speaking to us, Latika Khosla, founder of Freedom Tree shares, “We’ve loved creating collections for the home, but we’ve always seen ourselves as a design brand and have been excited to create lifestyle products too. We hope to continue to introduce more designs and grow our women’s clothing collection. Like with our home collections, we plan seasonal launches of new colours and styles for women’s clothing. You may also find other lifestyle accessories— scarves, scrunchies, totes, and more.” The new collection features skin-friendly fabrics that make them transitional pieces which can be worn at work, play or even party. The pieces will cheer you up with their playful cuts, mood-boosting colour palette and frolic appeal. Telling us about the edit, textile designer Rashi Jain shares, “The edit is conceptualised with an aim to make women feel at home wherever they go! The pieces exude the relaxed and casual spirit of the brand. We are also excited to translate our prints into wearable breathable fabrics and feminine silhouettes.

Ensembles from Fiercely Feminine
Ensembles from Fiercely Feminine

The colour palette of the collection

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Spruce Up Your Home With These Easy, Cost-Effective Decorating Tips

  • November 1, 2022
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Make your home look like a million bucks by only throwing down a couple hundred. You can do so with some tips that align with the idea of “budget-luxury” fix-ups.

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Born out of the TikTok community, hashtags for #budgetluxury and #cheapestthing showcase how to look like you have a lot of money with any level of income.

There are tips for buying the least expensive items from designer brands to look like they’re part of your go-to style, and ideas for how to spruce up your home without investing a ton of funds. The latter is an especially ideal practice if you have rental properties or Airbnbs you want to make look more appealing.

Insider talked to one pro, Clare McLaughlin, who is a hugely successful TikTok star with 1.1 million followers and more than 25 million likes on her videos covering the budget-luxury trend. And she has the knowledge for it, too, having earned a master of fine arts degree in interior design and living in the luxury capital of the U.S. — New York City.

As she told Insider, the key is “being resourceful with your current living situation, and shopping on a budget for little upgrades that will make your home feel more expensive.”

One of her biggest tips is a surprising one — trying to show off with luxury knockoffs actually defeats the purpose. Budget pieces that have a faux luxury look, such as inexpensive linens with fancy lettering — what McLauglin calls “luxury signaling” — will come off as tacky. Instead, stick with basic designs that are made well.

Another big tip: Don’t buy anything that matches. Furniture in coordinating sets for

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5 Tips on How to Pick the Best Modern Furniture for Your Home

  • June 30, 2022

5 Tips on How to Pick the Best Modern Furniture for Your Home

Choosing the best furniture for your home can be difficult because it involves so many different aspects. Choosing the right furniture, including style and design that will last the test of time, can be challenging.

It might even make you feel uneasy because you don’t want to spend a lot of money only to discover that it wasn’t the look you really wanted. Following a few key shopping tactics will help you make better decisions before starting your journey toward creating a modern home design.

If you have a modern aesthetic in mind, choose pieces that are sleek and simple, without too many details. If you prefer a more traditional look, go with pieces that are ornamented but not flashy.

Here are some tips for picking the best modern furniture for your home.

  1. Consider your home’s style first. Modern furniture is sleek and minimalist, so it will look great in homes with contemporary or minimalist interiors. If your home has a more traditional or eclectic style, then modern furniture may not be the best fit.
  2. Consider the size and shape of the pieces you’re buying. Modern furniture is often geometric and angular, so make sure that the pieces you choose will fit in with the rest of your décor.
  3. Modern furniture is designed to be simple, sleek, and clean. Such pieces will most likely work best if you’re looking for furniture that can withstand everyday wear and tear.

There are many different types and styles to choose from when it comes to furniture. But with modern furniture, you will get a sleek, sophisticated look that’s perfect for a contemporary home.

Here are just a few reasons why modern furniture makes an ideal choice.

  1. It’s stylish and timeless.
  2. It’s versatile and can be incorporated in any room of
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Tips to make your living room appear bigger

  • June 27, 2022

With growing urbanisation, many people are left with smaller spaces. Learning the concept of ‘less is more’, therefore, is pertinent. “Decorating a small space can be equally amusing if you are passionate about designing. Small spaces can be a quick investment, and can easily be decorated without much thought involved – you can also keep changing the décor time and again as it goes easy on the pockets!” said architect and interior designer Paushika Gupta, founder of Paushika Gupta Architecture+Design.

Simply declutter

Start choosing the right kind of pieces for the room, so that they are useful instead of just taking up space. The habit of decluttering frequently will make the area appear more spacious. To add more items to your living room, you must get rid of old ones. You may also go for modern furniture pieces which take up less space and offer more compartments —  like a sofa-cum-bed, a chest of drawers that comes with a TV unit or a foldable table. You will finally make extra room for useful items.

Insignificant, but significant

Either buy small pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armchair, or a low table or go for more elongated and tall units and place them against the wall surfaces. This will ensure they are not taking up much space, yet will create a balance in the room. These statement pieces should not be placed in and around the circulation paths. The overview that way would remain clear and the room would appear bigger.

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Lighter shade

Well crafted furniture when paired with subtly coloured walls creates the perfect combination for quaint places. Choosing colours like beige, light grey, mint green, baby pink or baby blue – make the

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Ecart International is putting iconic French modern furniture design back into production

  • June 21, 2022

“Andree had an extraordinary eye that enabled her to zero in on quintessential pieces that were at once modern and minimalist and had yet been almost forgotten,” says Pascal Lapeyre, director of Ecart International since 2011.

“In effect, she constituted a catalogue raisonne of the history of today’s design aesthetic. The forms of these pieces are somehow eternal, appealing to people today as they did 100 years ago.”

A Jean-Michel Frank steamed oak sideboard. 

The Ecart team keeps the offer fresh – and the call to a new clientele vibrant – by exploring new, natural materials and of-the-moment colourways. Occasionally, they’ll unearth a never-before manufactured piece and decide to put that into production. Expect a trouser press designed by Eileen Gray to be brought to light early next year, an unseen desk and a few armchairs by Jean-Michel Frank, too.

“It doesn’t hurt that we appeal to many luxury brands that call upon Ecart to provide pieces for their boutiques,” Lapeyre shrugs. “Dior, for example, and Cartier; this presence ensures the pieces are always showcased in a contemporary and changing context.”

Ecart holds the rights to some Chareau furniture. But the IP for the vast majority of the catalogue – and most importantly, the lighting – is in the hands of Galerie MCDE. It was set up to commercialise the dramatically sculptural alabaster pieces in the late 1980s.

“Chareau was working at the height of the art deco era, that is, between the age of artisanal, craft production and that of mass industrial production,” explains Pierre-Emmanuel Risch, who directs the gallery today. “For that reason, his designs were never produced in big quantities. And yet, what’s amazing is that while the lighting pieces are clearly of their moment, they also could have been designed last year.”

I don’t know

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New Louisville Vintage Store to Specialize in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

  • June 14, 2022

Mid-century modern is more than just a trend for Justin Scurlock: It’s a lifestyle.

Scurlock has been collecting mid-century furniture for at least 15 years and selling it for five to 10, scouring estate sales across eight to 10 states and refurbishing pieces when needed. Now, he’s taking his skills — and sizable warehouse full of finds — and opening a vintage store specializing in mid-century items along Barrett Avenue. 

Scurlock plans to debut Derby City Market, as it’s called, in July. He’s currently renovating the old Up-N-Smoke shop on Barrett Avenue, joining an enclave of local shops along the street.

“It’s definitely very on trend right now,” Scurlock said about the mid-century aesthetic, a style movement from 1933 to 1965.  “Everything’s kind of cyclical, but mid-century is so clean and streamlined and all the legs are tapered. If you go to Target or IKEA, all of their designers are copying mid century design.”

In addition to mid-century furniture, Scurlock plans to sell art decor, vintage clothing and furniture in other styles, including industrial, tiki and disco. Scurlock is even considering installing a tiki bar into the space.

“I do a little bit of everything,” he said. “Like, whatever catches my eye. I feel like if I think it’s cool and funky and different, I feel like someone else will as well.”

Prior to finding a building, Scurlock sold his mid-century finds in booths at other shops, like the Fleur de Flea and Peddlers Mall. The advantage to owning his own space, he said, is getting to be more hands on with his customers. 

“I can tell everyone exactly where I got all of my pieces,” he said. “They’re not just coming from a Goodwill or a thrift store. I can tell you the

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