By Peter Pierobon
Furniture is one of the most challenging of objects to collect. Typically larger than other art objects, with a functional component that is intrinsic to its success which is further complicated by its relationship to the architecture within which it resides. Oh, did I mention all of this makes it challenging for couples to agree upon?
Well that is the bad news, the good is that once chosen, a great piece of furniture will last a lifetime, offer years of faithful service and is likely to be imbued with emotional memories that make it valuable enough to be passed down to the generations to come.
All styles of furniture abound and virtually any material can be used to produce new work. Modern furniture maker’s posses the skills of yore blended with the latest materials and processes to produce work of the highest caliber. Mix this with a desire to express personal creativity and you have a plethora of choices that rival anything made since the time of Louis XIV.
Contemporary furniture represents one of the last great opportunities for collectors to assemble a collection of idiosyncratic work that is valued at prices remarkably affordable when compared to the fine art world. Even though there have been a few pieces that have sold in excess of one million dollars in the global auction market most work is valued at a reasonable wage/cost price point and remains accessible to most. Furthermore, it is now possible to access recycled or sustainably harvested materials to lessen the eco footprint of your choice.
Vancouver has a healthy community of makers and one can find several noteworthy designers with international reputations. My advice is to choose someone who’s work you love and commission something that fulfills a need in your life both functional and emotional. There is no greater reward than sitting down with your family to share the daily meal at a lovingly crafted table that represents the embodiment of your esthetic and aspirational ideals.