A guide to sourcing vintage design

July 29, 2018 by Stefanie

Midcentury-modern has been ruling interior design for a while now and vintage design furniture is hot. While many classic designs from the 50’s and 60’s are currently being re-issued, prices for some of the originals are going through the roof. Looking for that one special daybed, set of dining chairs or eye-catching credenza? Here’s a list of where to start.

Probably the most common place to find that Jeanneret chair or Prouvé lamp you’ve been eyeing. 1stdibs is like the Farfetch of vintage furniture, bringing collections of vintage dealers together from all over the world. Please note, most of the items sold here are in pristine condition. Don’t expect any bargains.

Vintage design dealers
What better way than to walk into a space filled with beautiful objects? Shop owners have a good story to tell with every piece they sell, which is great to expand your knowledge and discover new things. Also, tell them you are looking for a certain item and they might find it for you.

Flea markets
If you like strolling around to discover new gems, flea markets are worth the hunt. While you have to be lucky to find an exquisite piece on a regular flea market, Paulbert-Serpette in Paris is one of those places that will leave you amazed at every market stand.

While estimated prices can be deceiving, it’s always exciting to wait and see how much something will eventually sell for. Getting into bidding might seem a little complicated at first but everyone can do it. Some great auction houses for design furniture are Wright, Doyle and Bukowskis. Don’t forget about the shipping and auction fees while you’re bidding.

Invaluable calls itself the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectables. Here you will find hundreds of (lesser known) upcoming auctions. Download the app to start searching, saving and bidding in no time.

photo: Manolo Yllera

Got inspired? Check out some of the pieces below.