Living in style: Cost of timeless furniture
1 weeks ago, 04:45
Homeowners have over the years appreciated the value of investing in the home, with most now purchasing timeless pieces for the interiors to match the lavish houses they own.
The shopping list now consists of statement pieces that will look just as good in 20 years’ time as they are a mix of style, artistic vision, high quality, long-lasting materials, innovation and skilled craftsmanship.
Spending money on museum-worthy furniture is seen as an asset whether it is vintage or contemporary because the designs will continue to stay relevant for years to come.
Many Kenyans are now of the school of thought that while you may have to fork out a large sum upfront, collectible design will invariably gain in value over time.
These are pieces that last long enough to become family heirlooms or better yet, antiques in a few generations auctioned off for millions of shillings. This does however mean that the investment in quality matches the end product and the buyer do their due diligence on the firm being contracted.
It is no secret that cheap is expensive, and that quality is the best form of investment. One business that is offering the promise of good quality and valuable furniture for the discerning customer is The Design Gallery.
Amar Shah, the CEO, says that instead of using their budgets on items that will fall apart many Kenyans are now investing in quality furniture that can be used for many years to come.
“You want the piece to grow with you, so it needs to be timeless and multipurpose. The leather sofa from Gamma for example has a three-year warranty on the leather and the frame has a 10-year warranty which means it is quality you can trust for decades,” he says.
Items sold here may dent the pocket, but the firm says it is putting money where its mouth is with guarantee.
The Design Gallery, which started two years ago, is one among the few furniture stores offering high-value pieces that are said to increase in value instead of depreciating.
He says homeowners are also investing more on the entire home by getting in touch with interior designers immediately they break ground in their homes.
“We create the home from scratch and people want to be involved more than ever so we do the entire layout and give you the dream home based on the size and your desires,” says Shah.
When making the kitchen their clients who opt for high-end alternative spend from Sh15 million upwards on the Poliform designs.
Those who want the mid-range Scavolini designs which is their mid premium range can pay from two to five million shillings depending on the work they would like done, says Shah.
“There are different price points for different products and an average house can cost Sh1.5 million to furnish from the Colombini products we have. The price could go to tens of millions however depending on the choices of the clients,” he says.
The outdoors are also not left out when turning the home into an exquisite ...
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