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Antique furniture trumps mass-produced furniture… every time

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Browse through any decor magazine or watch any interior design renovation show, and the final reveal seamlessly showcases the glory of antique furniture over mass-produced items. It may just be one or two pieces, but the transformation is inspirational. The stylish layering, the rich design story and the intrinsic charm are motivating factors for any homeowner who is looking to furnish their spaces to start sourcing antique or vintage pieces. 

This does not ignore the loveliness of modern factory-made pieces, but furnishing an entire home with such pieces will often feel generic, soulless and more like a showroom than a character-filled home with bespoke charm and personality. There is no debate when you are on the hunt for ‘Objets de vertu’ (objects of interest for reasons of history and craftsmanship); antique furniture and accessories fit the brief – every time. 

This topic is not a new hobby horse for us; it is a drum we keep banging because the end result is always so satisfying, personalised and sustainable. We have highlighted why antiques are a no-brainer and explained the logic behind why antiques appreciate in value over time. We also believe we are quite persuasive when entering the eco-friendly debate that buying antique furniture (instead of mass-produced furniture) is a legitimate consideration when it comes to saving the planet. 

But the case for antique furniture gets even stronger when considering the design trio of artisanal quality, timelessness and storytelling. Mass-produced pieces – made in a factory – will always struggle to keep up when measured against these 3 criteria:

#1 Quality craftsmanship

Quality is always a persuasive argument in any retail discussion. From clothes and shoes to art and furniture – people are prepared to pay more for something because it will last or because it can be passed down to the next generation. This is where antique furniture shines really bright. In a disposable age, investing in antique furniture is a refreshing sustainable narrative that not only looks good in any space in our homes but also makes us feel good. So start with a solid wood antique armoire, chest of draws or kist – each will become a focal point and conversation piece. 

Quality craftsmanship of antique furniture

Antique furniture ‘hits the nail on the head’ thanks to the quality artisanal handcrafted skills related to materials, craftsmanship and workmanship; resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that will stand the test of time. Adding such a piece to your home will always add ‘life’ to your decor and an elusive quality that will make visitors to your space want to linger awhile. 

#2 Timeless trends

Mass-produced furniture fads come and go, but there is a customised and handcrafted distinctiveness to antique furniture that will always stand the test of time. Antique and vintage pieces easily transition into any space or design aesthetic – from old-school traditional and French rustic to contemporary chic and modern minimalist

This mix-and-match ability of antiques– over hundreds of years – still adds the wow factor and is a tribute to the beauty and design distinctiveness of antique furniture design over the centuries. You will want a piece of this in your home. 

Timeless & sustainable antique furniture

The timeless beauty of antique chandeliers will always set the scene in any room,   and then there is the functional and visual glam of vintage mirrors. And then there is the versatility of occasional antique chairs

#3 Subtle storytelling

A room in your home is not neutral. The walls, space options and architectural features are all the backdrop to a story and memories. And in interior design, the art of storytelling is not about words, but about the combination and energy of specially selected and curated furniture and accessories

Antique furniture already has a backstory that is rich in history and craftsmanship features that can set the tone for the rest of your aesthetic or be the finishing and complementary touch to a room that contains mass-produced pieces. The only difference is that 50 years from now, only the antique pieces will still be standing. Mass-produced furniture is simply not built to last. 

Antique furniture decor story

Start your antique furniture journey at the Crown Collection

A trip to The Crown Collection – online or in-store – is the simplest way for you to not only indulge your love of antiques but also source vintage, French or antique finds that will tick quality, timelessness and storytelling boxes. 

With over 5000 hand-picked antiques to choose from, we are convinced you will find something that will fit in your home. And if the finish is not exactly what you are looking for, our in-house restorers will gild it, paint technique it or stain it. 

Shop online or visit us at 20 Ballyclare Drive, c/o Galway Road, Bryanston and get up to 30% off.

Black & white with a touch of antique furniture

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Opposites attract and in this case, a black and white palette attracts antique furniture; the perfect complement to a timeless and classic design aesthetic. Black and white interiors are a basic monochrome and minimalistic decor solution that make a bold and striking statement. But the stark sophistication and drama need to be softened with a layered storytelling element for warmth, depth and richness.

Antique furniture and vintage pieces are the obvious solutions to balance the polar opposites of a black and white interior design narrative. 

‘The Illuminati’

The simplest way to up the ante and create interest in a monochromatic space is with lighting. Antique chandeliers and vintage lighting options become the obvious solution to achieve this; the decorative designs, shapes and materials available will create the perfect mix-and-match element to ‘ground’ a black and white scheme. It’s all about layering the interest. 

Antique & vintage lighting

‘Smoke and mirrors’

Every space in your home deserves a mirror. And when it comes to antique furniture and vintage accessories, mirrors take the lead. Wooden, bleached, painted or gilded, they help any black and white scheme become the fairest of them all. They reflect light, enhance a space and add beautiful architectural contrast in a contemporary setting. 

Antique & vintage mirrors

‘The colour purple’

A black and white palette becomes the perfect excuse to add a feminine hint of colour and texture; saving a scheme from masculine monotony or being cold and clinical. (In feng shui this is a yin and yang moment). No matter where your heart lies on the colour wheel, an antique or vintage occasional upholstered chair is a versatile supporting actor. Playful interest is always welcome when looking to add personality to a space. (And remember – gold is also a colour!).

Antique occasional chairs

‘See the wood for the trees’

Speaking of colour, antique furniture is a ‘green’ eco solution. The visual warmth of natural wood elements is the ultimate in sustainable design elegance, elevating any contemporary monochrome space. Darker wood antique pieces will add historical drama and presence while lighter-toned wooden pieces will counterbalance the serious black and white tones with a relaxed warm French or rustic vibe. Your wooden antique and vintage options are broad – from imposing armoires and smaller wooden kists to decorative screens and grandfather clocks (which are timeless). 

Natural wood antiques

‘On display’

Antique accessories and vintage itemsglass pitchers, porcelain vases, silverware, candlesticks, antique books, artworks and concrete busts – are where you get to have a little decor fun and add some whimsical charm against a black and white backdrop. Arranging vignettes of objets d’art on a side table or shelves keeps your eye engaged and gives dynamic context to a neutral palette. Your room will come to life with these curated decorative and eclectic groupings.

Antique & vintage objets d'art

‘The Crown Collection’

There is only one emporium that will satisfy your antique curiosity and deliver on the largest collection of vintage, French and antique furniture in South Africa. With over 5000 items in stock, The Crown Collection is a space where you can indulge your antique design creativity in one place and shop to your heart’s content. 

Browse and shop all our collections online or visit us in-studio at 20 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston.



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