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What are your primary considerations when buying furniture? You probably look at size, colour, style—all the things that are readily visible. But what about what’s inside that couch or table you’ve been eyeing? You’d be surprised at all you might be overlooking. In fact, it’s the stuff you can’t see that might be the most important.
Those hidden “ingredients” are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some occur naturally in our environment but are used at much higher levels in manufacturing. They are commonly used in mass-market furniture and can affect the air quality inside your home. To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, here are four questions you might want to ask during your next furniture shopping trip.
Whether it is a lifestyle choice or for reasons of economy, making a smaller space your own doesn’t have to mean a reduction in comfort or style. Sleek, multi-tasking, mid-century modern furniture maximizes style in small spaces.
Simple Aesthetic Design
Clean lines and simple designs are hallmarks of mid-century furniture design. Stripped of ornate detail, furniture created post WWII—up to and including the mid-sixties—has a sleek aesthetic that is more suited to people living in smaller spaces.
Clare Pascoe of Britain’s Pascoe Interiors explains that “Mid century furniture was created to combine aesthetics and practicality in order to bring beautifully designed pieces to the man on the street.”
Furniture That Floats
Lifting furniture off the floor makes a room appear larger. The fine, tapered legs that complement many slimmer mid-century pieces provide the illusion of more available floor space, and suggest an airier feel.
Wall-fixing systems that actually attach furniture directly to the wall, avoiding any floor contact at all, are the ultimate examples of mid-century furniture that floats. When shelves or cabinets hover above the floor as integral pieces of the wall itself, this seeming extension of the floor area expands the illusion of space in compact areas.
When space is limited, furniture has to be flexible in both design and utility. Mid-century modern is both.
The teak wardrobe pictured below was designed to hang suits and blouses in a bedroom. It can easily be transported to an entry where it can serve double duty: hanging coats in the rear hanging area, and storing everyday necessities like keys, dog leashes, and secret decoder rings in the front drawers.
Sideboards with spacious storage solutions are perfect for the multipurpose rooms in today’s smaller condos. Their unique cubbies with removal, adjustable shelves are perfect for storing extra blankets or for hiding that script you’ve been working on. Side tables with additional storage shelving sit as comfortably beside a bed as they do beside a Bertram custom made sofa. Display cabinets with interchangeable glass or wood fronts that hide or display valuables are other examples of space expanding design flexibility.
The credenza pictured above is a testament to mid-century versatility. At home in any décor, this long, low piece features easy sliding doors, four drawers and a fully finished interior. The adjustable/removable interior shelves make this piece perfect for storing your media components or your fine dinnerware. It would be an exceptional addition to any dining room or could be put it in a living area to house a flat screen T.V. Its four solid teak legs give it the “floating” look that interior designers find so desirable. And its functionality is not the only highlight of this piece: solid teak furniture, like this credenza, is sought after for its look, style and durability.
An Investment That Grows With You
What better way for furniture to prove its versatility than to also double as an investment? Quality mid-century modern furniture pieces are investments that grow in value. Mid-century furniture stock is finite. As it becomes more limited, its value will continue to increase.
It’s important to remember that mid-century modern also has the flexibility to adjust to changes in your lifestyle. Unlike contemporary furniture, mid-century’s quality construction allows the option to refinish in an eco-friendly manner, or to redesign to best suit a décor or need. Aside from producing a truly unique and personal result, this is often the most economical use of resources.
A Piece of the Past
Like other limited-edition fine art, quality crafted mid-century modern furniture often becomes the object of conversation within a home. It is little wonder with the history that it brings with it. A reminder of simpler times is not bad to have in any space.
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Quality, design, local and eco-friendly construction are among the key qualifiers we look for in a business partnership. It can be challenging to locate likeminded suppliers, but we found one of the best in Brentwood Classics, a Toronto-based manufacturer of stylish, eco-friendly custom sofas and chairs.
It’s been over 35 years since Toronto’s Brentwood Classics manufactured their first custom-designed sofas for Canadians. The company is unique in looking back for its aesthetic, but forward in its eco-friendly approach to furniture manufacturing.
Their award-winning handcrafted sofas have garnered attention in magazines, home improvement television programs, and at better hotels. They also remain perennial favourites of interior designers and homeowners alike. No matter the lifestyle, those looking for inspired styling, comfort, and eco-friendly, quality construction will find both their mind and body put at ease at Brentwood.
Among the many reasons for their continued success is an understanding of consumer demand and market trends. The ‘ur-style’ line, available at Vintage Home Boutique, is a testament to this. Inspired by simpler times, ur-style answers a current demand for affordable, quality furniture paired with unique vintage styling.
Vintage furniture is currently experiencing a surge in popularity. The compact designs, timeless elegance, and quality construction of times gone by appeal to today’s savvy consumers.
Brentwood Classic’s ‘ur-style’ collection is designed to reflect the clean, tailored, uncluttered lines of mid-century modern sofas and chairs. Described as “a collection that embraces tradition infused with modern life,” the furniture appeals to a wide audience.
Whether seen as investment pieces that grow with young urban professionals or nostalgic, quality pieces for those downsizing the family home, the timeless aesthetic of the designs fit.
Upholstery from Around the World
Accenting pieces with choice upholstery helps to personalize and ingrain stylistic harmony within any home. Through Brentwood Classics we carry a selection of over 500 patterns in our fabric library. If that is not enough, they also invite you to bring in your own selection. With the made-to-order flexibility that Brentwood offers, it is easy to see how vintage styling can accent any décor.
Breathe Easy Furniture
Brentwood is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, “a non-profit industry association committed to promoting sustainable practices within the home furnishings industry.”
With Brentwood you can breathe easy, knowing that you are not inhaling the harmful chemicals or additives traditionally used in furniture manufacturing. Sofas and chairs manufactured at Brentwood Classics are made with natural soy-based poly foam. The soy-based product creates luxurious seating that is flexible enough to accommodate a host of designs. The kiln-dried hardwood used to frame Brentwood’s fine furniture is FSC certified and sustainably sourced.
Being manufactured in Toronto, adds an additional element of eco-friendly credibility. Rest easy in the knowledge that your furniture has NOT been manufactured under questionable conditions and shipped thousands of miles!
Custom made for you, once you have placed your order, we begin cutting the fabric that you have selected. Your fabric will then go to the sewing department and then to one of our seasoned, professional upholsterers who on average have 12-15 years of experience. Only one upholsterer works on your item. This way we can ensure that the highest standards of quality production are met: seams have the same tension level and the piece will have perfect symmetry.
Simple Modernist Designs
As it becomes more difficult to achieve harmony in a world that changes by leaps and bounds, it’s easy to understand the desire to create a safe haven filled with sustainable, timeless designs. Vintage Home Boutique is proud to partner with Brentwood Classics to help you create a truly unique oasis of comfort.