Vintage Wood Antique Furniture is Making a Comeback

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Vintage Wood Antique Furniture is Making a Comeback

Today most of the furniture in the market is not made with solid wood anymore, which is one of the many reasons buying vintage furniture and antiques is a great value.  Lately the catalog furniture companies are copying the style from the fifties, sixties and seventies. Most of this furniture is of fair to mediocre quality, and the design for the furniture in the market now is also OK.

That's why in my opinion buying a vintage piece is a good deal. First of all you are buying an original design. Second, normally they are made with incredible woods, and the quality and the craftsmanship are great. Those chairs can have another 40 years of use without problems, whereas, I am not so sure about a new chair in today's market.

Antiko Boutique has 7 chairs in a beautiful teak wood with gorgeous design for $1,500.00. Chairs can be found there ranging in price from $550.00 up. Different styles of chairs include mid-century, danish teak and Brazilian leather and rosewood lounge chairs. Knoll cabinets, tables, lighting, rugs, tapestries, art books and various vintage objects are offered in prices ranging from $60 up to over $5,000.

For more information on antique furniture or interior design services, email me or contact me directly at 786.280.6200. You can also visit my websites at or

Cristina Euripedes-Sahlman has been an architect and interior designer for over 20 years. Her companies, Habitat Design Associates, Inc. and Antiko Boutique, are based in Miami Beach. Cristina's scope of experience includes numerous projects in New York City, Brazil and Miami. Habitat Design Associates, Inc. provides complete interior design & renovation services (from the design phase to obtaining permits to construction supervision) for the selective client. Her client list includes prominent people in New York, London, Brazil and Miami. Recent projects consist of a number of residences (houses and condominiums) in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Beach and Miami Beach, as well as numerous commercial projects in Manhattan, Brazil and Miami including discotheques, restaurants and corporate offices.


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Michelle Molinari
FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor - Lafayette, LA
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Hi Christina,

I wish all my clients could afford furniture of exquisite quality. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case, As a stager, we work on tight, tight, tight budgets.

However, when we find something spectacular in a thrift store (and I don't mean vintage...I mean church or charity shops) we snap them up!

I recently found a George Nakashima for $40, and that baby went straight into the truck. I didn't even know what it was, but I could tell from the craftsmanship it was something very, very good. After some research, I found out it was easily worth over $1000.

It is waiting to be installed as a core for a foyer we are working on. I loved it so much, I didn't want to sell it, but I just knew this chair was exactly what we needed for our client. So I had to give it up.

Nothing trips my trigger like really amazing mid-century modern furniture and architecture. My cousin 'Cretia owns a fabulous vintage mainstay in Austin, called Room Service Vintage. She is living the dream, to be sure. We have a lot of antique dealers in our family,  junk is in our blood. But her shop is by far the coolest place I've ever been.  

Yes, vintage wood is coming back, and the best ones are the originals!!! I'll bet it is a kick specializing in them. You are a lucky duck. All I get is the occassional close encounter of the truly awesome vintage kind.


 P.S. I am drooling over that orange mosaic tiled coffee table on your site!

May 22, 2009 01:16 PM #1
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Recently I picked up several beautiful walnut and teak items.  They are now refinished and waiting for the right job to come along.

I love using both new and old styles on the same job.   It makes the staging a little more interesting.

May 22, 2009 03:17 PM #2
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Cristina, nice post and I'm impressed with your credentials.  Thanks for the info, love real wood furniture.  Just refinishing some of our own, too nice to get rid of. 

May 22, 2009 06:38 PM #3
Cristina Euripedes Sahlman
Habitat Design Associates, Inc. and - Miami Shores, FL
Miami Florida Interior Design and Antiques

Hi Michelle,   Yes I am a lucky duck, I love finding good pieces and clean them up, reupholster and refinish. I started doing this as a hobby and I end up opening my store. Doing that actually helps the environment a lot. Some people just dont give the right value for those pieces and prefer buying new ones most of the times made in China. Pieces that will break in an year and than they buy another one. Luck us all that have a vision and sensibility to understand those values.



Virginia, the more important in staging is showing the clients the potential of the spaces. Sure that adding a little style and color will make the place more atractive and irresistible. It's important   respecting the style of the building and year of construction and follow the style in the decoration. Let's recycle and try cleaning the environment.



Terrylynn, Thank you. for the complement. Congratulations for recycling your own furniture. Sometimes changing the upholstery, refinishing and changing the piece to another room can make a big difference without going out and buying a new one.

May 23, 2009 07:54 AM #4


Aug 01, 2011 10:26 PM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I don't think it was ever gone or became less popular. Those people who love quality, still hunt only for solid exclusive items.

Aug 13, 2014 04:45 PM #6
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