Reproduction Furniture: Don’t Settle For Second Fiddle
While the term reproduction, when used in a vague sense, usually generates a negative impression in most people’s minds, the term reproduction furniture is almost always thought of in a more positive light. Such a high regard is placed on reproductions based on specific designs, that the copies themselves are almost as desired as the pieces upon which their design is based. Even those that have the economic means to research, locate, and purchase rare pieces of furniture often notice several powerful reasons to instead explore their options in the reproduction market.
As is often the case when interacting with certain high end items, classical furniture demand often outstrips supply, necessitating the creation of reproduction furniture. Whether due to political or cultural factors, many classical periods are underrepresented when it comes to the availability of furniture or other contemporary artifacts. Unfortunately for private collectors, what usually occurs is that the few remaining relics of specific epochs end up on display in museums based or other public venues.
Reproduction furniture moreover does not suffer from the frailty or structural limitations of most actual antique furniture. No matter the skill level of the carpenter in question or how resilient the design medium, time takes its inexorable toll on all things, especially four-hundred year old oak. Additionally, many period pieces were constructed with a more minimalistic design paradigm in mind; not only were people smaller, but most private residences were as well. A skilled carpenter can create a reproduction that is simply a larger, more structurally reliable version of a classical model or famous work.
Possessing a piece of reproduction furniture is just typically not as mentally taxing as owning a piece of history, as anyone who has ever owned an antique or possessed a family heirloom can attest. Even though many people own dozens of costly gadgets or trinkets, unlike an unusual collectible, none of those items is particularly difficult to replace in the event of theft or damage. Unfortunately, since most collectors want to display, or even use their antique furniture, unlike precious items that are locked away, the furniture is left out for public exhibition.
One of the final benefits of ordering reproduction furniture is the consumer has the ability to custom design the item, enabling the implementation of certain nontraditional features. Naturally, a vast majority of furniture was not constructed with electronic considerations in mind. Since most people are gadget crazy, they expect everything, even their reproduction pieces, to offer integration capabilities and compatibility options. While an entertainment center in the center of a room based entirely on a classical concept would look funny, it’s hard not to appreciate a flat screen hidden behind the hinged top of a reproduction china cabinet.