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Pulling off Vintage Interior Design

01.31.19

 

“THE BEST WAY TO CREATE AN INVITING HOME IS TO MIX NEW FURNITURE WITH VINTAGE PIECES, THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SOFTEN THE LOOK OF NEW FURNITURE. THE PERFECT WAY TO INCORPORATE A VINTAGE STYLE IS TO LOOK AT THE ROOM’S INITIAL COLOUR PALETTE AND ADD SOMETHING EXTRA. IT’S BEST NOT TO USE SIMILAR MATERIALS AND FINISHES BUT BE BOLD AND HAVE SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE. A VINTAGE PIECE SHOULD NEVER BLEND IN THE ROOM BUT SHOULD BE A STAND-OUT FEATURE OF THE ROOM THAT HAS THE WOW FACTOR.” 

Maurizio Pellizoni, Interior Designer

 

This perfection of a sideboard on wheels was a little dream come true. It’s designed by USM Haller, an architect duo from the 50s.

As you might know , I moved flat about half a year ago. Since then, furnishing my new place has been quite a big task for me. I take it very seriously to make my new apartment a nice space, as personal room is extremely important to me. We all spend a lot of time at home. Why not make it the nicest place, where we feel most comfortable at, right? It only makes sense to me.

The furniture I got so far is a mixture of old and new. Finding the right composition between the two can be a little tricky but as always, balance is key. Take too many vintage pieces and you’ll end up sitting in a granny’s living room. Take too many modern pieces and your place could easily get too cold & uncozy. Something in the middle, that’s what I was going for. Im still not completely done, but I’m getting there. For now, I’ve found all the vintage pieces that I wanted for my place & that’s what I’d like to talk about today. I want to share with you how & where I found the vintage bits.

I bought this sideboard from an architect who closed his studio and therefore sold all its furniture on willhaben. It was 650€ which is an unbelievably good price for an USM piece.
This little sideboard is one of my most unique furniture pieces. I have never seen anything comparable, as it has sliding doors and vertical wooden stripes.
I got it for 140€ & it’s former owner delivered it straight to my door, because I live close where she worked. I’m really lucky when it comes to finding nice people on willhaben.

Here in Austria, we are blessed with a plattform called willhaben, which I’m sure you’ve heard me talking about a lot already. It’s a place where people get to sell their stuff online. Could be anything, could be many things but luckily enough, it often seems to be retro furniture. I shop my vintage pieces almost exclusively from willhaben, because I find it to be the easiest and most efficient way to track down old gems. 

The big question is: how do I find the nicest pieces in between all the other stuff that’s being sold on the site? That’s what I actually get asked quite a lot. Not only my friends, but also people on Instagram want to know my secrets for online treasure hunting. As they say, sharing is caring, so here’s what I do: I use a function called „Suchagent“. When you know how to use that tool, you’re ready to play the game.

Got this sideboard from a guy in 1220 for 30€. He told me that the previous tenant of his flat left it there and that he has no use for it.  That’s why he’s selling it on willhaben. He even was nice enough to offer driving me home with his car, as it was raining that afternoon and the piece is really heavy. I guess I found another really nice person there.
I feel like my modern record player rounds off the sideboard really well, It adds that certain contemporary & minimalistic touch to the vintage piece. Balance is key, as I already said.

Using Search Agents means typing in key words for whatever it is, that you’re looking for. You’ll then be automatically notified via E- Mail, whenever someone uploads a matching item. It’s important to always keep an eye on those notifications. Being quick is essential on willhaben. The best pieces are often sold within a few hours, you better hurry up. That’s why I’d recommend turning on push-up notifications as well.

When it comes to the key words, try to think of different expressions for one and the same thing. If you’re, for example, looking for a small table, put in any description that people could use to name a little table. „Bedside Table“, „Small Table“, „Coffee Table“, „Little Table“, „Plant Table“, „Couch Table“ – these are the agents that I’d activate in that case. Next, type in key words for the style of furniture you’re looking for. „Vintage“, „Retro“, „50s“, „60s“, „70s“, „Mid Century“ – these are my go-to’s. Another tip would be to always type in the words in english as well as in german. Double the language, twice the chance. 

The little kidney table is a signature piece for 50’s interior design. I bought it from a carpenter who collects old furniture, restores it and then sells it on willhaben. That’s why it’s in perfect condition. It believe it was 150€.
An acrylic glass table – another classic. I found this one for 40€ in 1050 and I wouldn’t wanna miss it.

Obviously, it might take a while until you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Be prepared to put in some effort and a lot of patience. But trust me, in the end it will all pay off. There’s something very special about owning a unique piece of furniture that has had it’s own journey and it’s own story to tell. It adds something to a room that couldn’t be replaced so easily. Give it a try – hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

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