Tag: Designer Furniture

Mothers-day

A New Home Office Chair from Retro Europe for every special Mum who works from her Home Office.

The perfect Mother’s Day gift is a new Eiffel ergonomic modern designer home office chair.

Forget flowers and chocolate, the flowers die after a week, and the chocolate stays on the hips.

The Best gift for Mother´s Day.

Comfort, Great Support, Beauty, and your Mother will stay cool. Even after a busy 8-hour day.

Let your mum enjoy comfort and support with an Eiffel Office Chair from Retro Europe, and these quality home office chairs will stay cool throughout an 8-hours working day.

Tests have proved that an ergonomic designer office chair boosts concentration and production by as much as 150%.

Mum’s can now be comfortable, free from a backache, stay cool all day, and be up to 150% more efficient and productive with an Eiffel Office Chair from Retro Europe.

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On Mothering Sunday, your favourite Mum is also in for another special treat.

The beauty of an Eiffel Ergonomic Office Chair from Retro Europe. Yes, these modern designer Eiffel Chairs are so beautiful and brighten any home office they are guaranteed to make your Mum on Mother’s Day smile.

The Eiffel Home Office Chair has adjustable height controls, and the chair reclines and swivels 360 degrees, moves freely on all floors, and it is also so beautiful.

This modern designer home office ergonomic chair has an iconic classic modernist designer style and is available in 7 different super vibrant colours.

Eiffel Home Office Chairs from Retro Europe.

You can’t go wrong with the gift of an Eiffel Office Chair from Retro Europe, and just to make your life very simple, Retro Europe will deliver a new Home Office Chair immediately.

No delays, because Retro Europe has a huge stock of ergonomic home office chairs and delivery is immediate.

Your special Mothering Day gift is available to your Mum today.

And, if you are having trouble choosing a colour, I recommend Tiffany Blue……for one reason only, my Mum loves Tiffany Blue!!

Top-of-the-pops

We reveal the online modern designer furniture company offering the BEST value for money and the highest quality retro furniture.

Modern Designer Furniture experts judged the best value online retro furniture stores for quality chairs, armchairs, bar stools, and sofas.

Do not Spend Thousands of Euros on Overpriced Furniture

They found if you don’t fancy spending thousands of euros on overpriced licensed retro furniture designed by Charles Eames and Le Corbusier, it appears you are in luck, as there are a range modern designer exclusive retro furniture alternatives on the market this year.

Europe’s leading online stores for modernist, contemporary, and vintage styled retro furniture have some of their best value and quality furniture that will not break the bank.

Experts Give You The Best Advice

A team of experts looked at the leading retro furniture retail giants to judge which ones are offering the best quality in terms of construction, the best value for money, and the best designs.

Online Retro Furniture Stores are up to 70% Cheaper.

The benefits of an online retro furniture store are that you get a better price for your designer furniture.

Online stores have very low minimal overheads, and the savings go straight to you – The discerning consumer.

The reality is that ”like for like” retro furniture is up to 70% cheaper on the internet.

Super Stores and High Street Shops Can Not Match the Lower Prices Online.

Bricks and Mortar Superstores and High Street Establishments simply can never compete on price with the online modern designer furniture stores.

The Recommendations from the Judges.

”Best Value for Money Recommendation” goes to one of Europe’s leading retro furniture stores, Retro Europe, for their Le Bauhaus and Eiffel Collections.

Particular note from the experts is the cost of a 3 – place Le Bauhaus sofa from Retro Europe at 999.00 euros in genuine leather. This model was launched in 2017 as a direct rival to the LC2 Le Corbusier Sofa which costs around 10,000 Euros.

”Best Quality and Durability Recommendation” goes to Retro Europe for their Eiffel Collection of contemporary chairs, armchairs, and bar stools.

Particular note from the judges was the quality shell seats, metal frame, and solid hardwood legs.

”Best Design, Function and Versatility Recommendation” once again went to the Eiffel Collection from Retro Europe.

Particular note from the judges was for the unique ”one design versatility” of the product, which allows a continuous feng shui design effect for your home or commercial environment.

Unique ”one design style” from Retro Europe with their Eiffel Collection.

The clever part of this contemporary furniture collection is the ”one design style”.

The Eiffel Collection allows an integration of chairs, armchairs, and bar stools to full fill their respective functions around your home or commercial environment, and flow like energy (chi), and to promote favourable and positive effects in your modern contemporary home or business.

Le Bauhaus and Eiffel Collections are the Best.

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Retro Europe continues to beat all their modern designer furniture competitors, and are consistently judged to be the top online retro furniture store to buy from at www.retroeurope.com.

Not only does the modern designer furniture from Retro Europe win the ”Best Of Value, Quality, and Versatility” accolades but Retro Europe offer their assurance of a 7-day delivery service across Europe from their Distribution Centre in Alicante.

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Are you thinking of redecorating and re furnishing your home or office environment, and do you need some inspiration?

Here is some advice on modern design styles that I am very confident will enhance your home and your wellbeing, and also stop you from ruining your home

My guide to the good and bad Interior Modern Design Styles.

Mid-Century Modern Designer Furniture

The mid-1900s was a period when the most iconic pieces of modern designer furniture were created.

Mid Century Designer Furniture is famous for the design styles of refined lines, minimalism, and natural shapes.

Possibly the most influential modern designers of all time are from the mid-century era. Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen. Talented designers who created mid-century modern design styles with their unique use of molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum.

Furniture that was to be functional, versatile in a multitude of shapes and colours flowed from the designer’s drawing board to the manufacturing factory floor, and finally into modern homes of great taste and beauty.

For my recommended shopping stores I will point you toward interpretations of mid-century design styles at retroeurope.com, as an example of high-quality affordable furniture, and the products found at DWR and Design Public are also excellent mid-century modern exemplars, albeit very highly priced.

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Industrial Designer Furniture

The Industrial Design Styles can be traced back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. Instantly recognisable by the wide-ranging use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, suitable for homes or commercial environments with an exposed interior brick work.

Industrial designer furniture is often likened to Rustic Designer Furniture.

Industrial Decor and Design has never reached the same levels of demand as Modernist, Mid-Century or Contemporary Designer Furniture because Industrial Designer Furniture is only truly at home with the interior decor of an Industrial styled home or business.

Reformed warehouses, attics, and commercial buildings lend their aesthetic to Industrial Designer Furniture.

Find Industrial Furniture at Restoration City Stores and other high-end restoration specialist shops.

Scandinavian Designer Furniture

Scandi Furniture is an extension of mid-century modern designer furniture.

Scandinavian Scandi designer furniture is characterised by its minimalist style. ”Scandi” is the real rising star in the popularity stakes for modern designer furniture buyers.

One word of advice, many people confuse Scandinavian Scandi Furniture with IKEA.

IKEA, thankfully is a design style of its own [and this is not a recommendation or complement] and is nothing whatsoever like the wonderful essence of real quality designer Scandinavian Scandi Furniture.

Scandi Modern Designer Furniture is an artist palette of subtle vibrant colours, with that unique design quality of balancing different styles of furniture construction. Scandinavian Scandi Furniture is often described as a blend of contemporary minimalism with a hint of solid Industrial functional design.

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The truth is Scandi Furniture is a classic design without comparison, beautiful and with a subtle design style of its own.

To find this functional, clean-lined designer furniture for your home or business there is only one place to go. I must with all honesty and sincerity direct you to the truly wonderful Scandinavian Modern Designer Scandi Furniture Collection at www.retroeurope.com that is the market leader and represents great value, high-quality and great design.

Urban Modern

Urban Modern Interior Designer Furniture originated from low-cost city loft living in major cities.

Cheap loft living very quickly elevated itself to a cult styled and exclusive cosmopolitan club environment.

Urban Modern Designer Furniture suddenly became the new vogue and described itself as a fusion of various styles, Minimalist Modern, Glamorous Chic, and on the edge experimental designs, all colliding in an arty-farty distinctively over materialistic 21st-century setting.

In reality, the best description of Urban Modern Furniture is ‘when good taste, functionality and common sense leave the room Urban Modern enters with huge sofas and daybeds that look bad and are extremely uncomfortable.’

Worse was yet to come with the Urban Modern Furniture scattered cushion seating. (and I use the word seating with some hesitation, do not say you were not warned, you can look forward to an evening of absolute agony sitting on a scattered cushion).

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I am reminded of an editorial on modern designer furniture by someone who obviously did not write his opinions whilst sitting on a scattered cushion. The editorial described Urban Decor as trailblazing modern furniture designs that are an example of artistic and creative expression – in reality, they are an example of a sore back and a numb derriere in my opinion.

In the interest of good posture, I will not make any recommendations as to where to buy this style of furniture.

Shabby Chic

WOW !! Who does not love Shabby Chic Decor?

Anyone with an eye for style, good taste and I might add a clean and fragrant demeanor.

Because the majority of Shabby Chic Furniture is found in roadside waste collecting skips or flea markets where the main hobby of the great unwashed seems to be to congregate in dirty cold alley markets spouting complete nonsense about how creative they are with some white undercoat paint and a knife.

Shabby Chic is sold as the aged vintage elements of a flea market.

The truth is that it is damaged, woodworm infested wrecks of furniture that are given the once over by out of work Estate Agent type looking to find another fool with more money than sense.

When furniture is described as having an ”affected feel in an unorthodox style”, start running and keep running holding very tightly onto your money.

In the interest of good taste, I will not make any recommendations as to where to buy this style of furniture.

Modernist Modern Designer Furniture

So we can return to, and as this is the last, finish on some of the most desirable furniture ever created for discerning lovers of modern designer furniture.

Modernist Designer Furniture refers to designer furniture produced in the early 19th century, characterised by features that personify simplicity, geometry, and functionality in polished metal, wood and leather in its design.

Le Corbusier, who is the father of modern designer furniture and the most talented and innovative designer of all time is the master of Modernist Modern Designer Furniture.

Le Corbusier stated that a home was a “machine for living in”, and his designer furniture was the functional furniture required to furnish it.

Which is advertising speak for ” Le Corbusier designed a range of systemised tubular-steel furniture, reflecting his own desire for aesthetic purity and industrial rationale, this timeless classic style is what is now known as the International Style.”

Le Corbusier’s breathtaking design style is best portrayed by the LC2 Collection. A steel frame encapsulating a cubic sofa with loose cushioning.

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There lies my only one criticism of Le Corbusier, the horrendous price of the LC2 furniture designed by the great Le Corbusier. Sadly he is now he is dead and he has no control over this situation.

The powerful corporations that own the great works of Le Corbusier and in particular the LC2, now sell his designer styles of furniture under license at unrealistic and exorbitantly high prices.

Today a classic piece of Le Corbusier furniture is only bought by the extremely wealthy

A Le Corbusier 3 -seat LC2 Sofa is 10,000 Euros. Yes 10,000 euros.

So it is no wonder there are some very dodgy copies on the market.

However, there are some alternative choices on the market in the style of the master. Le Corbusier-esque modern designer furniture has found its way onto the modern designer online furniture market with high-quality interpretations of Le Corbusier’s work.

Reputable companies such as BlueSunTree and Retro Europe offer affordable Le Corbusier-esque modernist designer furniture that is worth buying.

This is a self-opinionated report on the classic designer eras and the designers of popular interior design styles!

I trust it was helpful in getting you started on your refurbishing project.

However, do remember that the best interior architects will frequently bridge different styles, and for every great designer piece of furniture, there is an overpriced, oversold worthless piece of…….. well you get my drift.

So be sensible, be brave and liberate your mind and approach your own design philosophy from creative angles and above all have fun.

Let me know what you think.

Some years ago there was a designer furniture shop in London I loved to visit. It was owned by a very famous International Furniture Company selling the original designs from two of the greatest modern furniture designers of all time.

Le Corbusier and Charles Eames.

In addition to the works of Le Corbusier and Charles Eames, I saw the works of furniture art from Ludwig van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, and Eero Aarnio at this London store.

Rohe, Knoll, and Aarnio

The Barcelona Chair and Barcelona Daybed from Rohe, The Knoll Geometric styled sofa and the Ball Chair from Aarnio, were unforgettable wonders of spectacular beauty and great design.

Reality Check….‘It’s how much?’

Last week after an absence of many years, and as I am now in a position to buy one or two designer furniture pieces, I returned to London and I ventured into this shop again.

It is now a high-end Designer Furniture boutique style shop selling the same great designer named furniture that I loved and longed for as a young man.

I made my way to the Le Corbusier stand, and I was shocked at the £10,000 price tag for the LC2 Sofa.

Slightly bucked at the price the salesperson must have been reading my mind…..Pretentious, overpriced and uncomfortable….. and advised me ”Most people say they buy from our shops because of the quality of the produce and reassurance about its provenance”.

My disappointment evaporated my boyhood memories.

I do wonder how many of us are being taken for a ride by their pricing proliferation. The designer furniture from Eames, Le Corbusier, and a number of equally notable designers from these oh-so-fashionable stores are shocking and totally beyond the budget of an average household.

Le Corbusier and his fellow designers created furniture for the masses, not only for the incredibly wealthy.

What was once a great design has it now got out of hand?

I started to recover from the price shock and once again enjoyed the absolute iconic design style, but something was wrong.

The Le Corbusier LC2 is very small and uncomfortable.

Something was very wrong. The LC2 sofa is small and uncomfortable.

My boyhood dreams were completely shattered now. Obviously returning to the store as a man I am bigger and these sofas were not made for the 21st Century Man.

Designed almost 100 years ago the small LC2 has loose cushions placed on a steel frame supported with elasticated straps.

My average bulk was forced to sit across 2 cushion seats.

The LC2 3-seat sofa only accommodates 2 people, and the result is I found myself sitting across 2 cushions. The edge of the cushion starting disappearing between the gaps and then straight through the supporting straps.

To my embarrassment, I needed help to rise from the seat to get back to my feet.

I made a hasty departure.

My faith in great Designer Furniture is restored.

Discussing my disappointments and embarrassments with a colleague I was advised to look for an alternative Designer Furniture Store online.

As a result of my online search, I found a number of designer furniture stores.

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Retroeurope.com offered a Reinvented, Affordable, Great Design brand of designer sofas and designer chairs, and it soon became clear they were experiencing a boom in sales due to their pricing policy.

Cutting out the middleman and avoiding those iniquitous prices.

Retro Europe could afford to offer quality designer furniture at affordable prices by selling direct to the consumer online. They were cutting out the middleman and avoiding those iniquitous prices that the London Store imposed on their clients.

It was a win-win situation for buyer and seller.

And though they were not originals the design was crisp and stunning as any I’ve ever seen.

This was an online modern designer furniture shop in its purest form, completely unpretentious, affordable and with extremely comfortable furniture manufactured using the traditional furniture makers methods.

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There is no doubting the popularity of designer furniture online stores. According to the latest figures, eight out of ten of us have purchased online in the past 12 months, with nearly all are intending to continue buying online in the future.

Have online designer furniture shops like Retro Europe replaced the Bricks And Mortar High Shops?

High Street Stores are closing and it is very sad.

Only the established and big corporations may survive. Online stores offer you the opportunity to view and buy from the comfort of your home and at much lower prices.

I don’t want to be too hard on high-profile shops like the store I visited in London selling the original furniture from Le Corbusier and Eames because it was their influence that introduced me to Modernist, Mid Century and Contemporary Designer Furniture which in some ways has been a wonderful experience.

The London Store is actually helping to encourage the boom in Online Designer Furniture Stores.

The terrible prices they charge are encouraging the move for discerning clients to go to retro furniture online stores.

We no longer have to pay so much, but it is not only the price but the pretentiousness that forces us to online stores. I liken my visit to this London Store to being fleeced at the races, and in future, I will be advising designer furniture buyers to head for Retro Europe instead.

Only other day I accidentally found myself in one of these new up and coming hipster cafe bars and asked about the identity of the disgusting bar stools.

”You are sitting on an art deco designer style stool, that costs £300” was the reply.

Obviously, we should celebrate the success of Retro Europe the home of designer furniture in Europe.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many online retro furniture stores, but I have a personal experience with Retro Europe.

For the past year, I have lived back in London, and I have purchased every piece of furniture from Retro Europe required to re-furnish every room of my new apartment.

I wanted to escape all that metropolitan trendiness and go back to the simpler modernist and minimalism quality furniture world, where the design and function are important.

I want to look at my furniture and love the design.

I want to use my furniture and enjoy and appreciate the comfort of the furniture.

My first purchase was a full-size Bauhaus Sofa from Retro Europe for 999.00, very much in Corbusier-esque design period, but one-tenth of the London Store price, and much bigger and extremely comfortable.

Conclusion; When your instincts are screaming ‘Pretentious, overpriced and uncomfortable’ run.

I suspect most of you know I’m right.

A great many of these London Designer Furniture Stores are now the most massive rip-off.

We’d all be better off at Retro Europe.

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We looked into the meteoric success of European Online seller of modern designer furniture Retro Europe to discover;

1. How does Retro Europe manage to offer Great Design, Quality, Modern Designer Furniture at Affordable Prices?

2. How do they manage to offer a 7-day delivery promise to 44 Countries in Europe?

We can reveal the secrets of European Online Retro Furniture Market giant Retro Europe, and how their sales have continued to increase year on year for 10 consecutive years.

By offering products that are higher quality rather than more choices is the most obvious answer to their success, and by restricting the options to the top-selling models means there is never any dead stock, making the company super efficient.

These savings by Retro Europe go directly to their buyers and have made this online furniture store the popular go to online retro furniture supplier in Europe for discerning buyers to save money without sacrificing quality.

”Offering superior quality products designed by our in-house team of designers, instead of a large range of choices is the secret of our success, why have 12 different colours when 95% of your sales are for black or white sofas?” a spokesman for Retro Europe said.

Adding ”Although packaging and delivery costs have increased incrementally over the past 5 years, by responsible negotiation and loyalty to our couriers we have managed to stay ahead of our competitors in maintaining a fair and reasonable delivery package’.

This low-cost retro furniture online retail outlet, Retro Europe, has been steadily growing in the market, with their Reinvented, Great Design, Affordable designer furniture Brand. Ten years ago there were around 20 top selling Brands in Europe, now this figure has fallen to less than 10 in Europe.

Smaller online furniture stores have closed due to the recession, and others have failed due to not updating their product lines with new designer furniture styles.

It is clear for the successful few that there are great opportunities for online modern designer furniture stores such as Retro Europe.

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Does it mean we are better than most Retro Furniture Suppliers?
We believe it does, and it also means we are more than likely to be here for another 40 plus years.

Our latest exclusive new brand ‘Reinvented, Affordable, Great Design’ Furniture Collections may seem a little too good to be true, but it is not.

Our promise to you is to supply affordable great designer retro furniture.
And that promise is at the very heart of everything we are trying to achieve at Retro Europe with our quality affordable modern designer furniture.

How Is Great Design Possible?

Yes, it is possible.

Especially when you know the secret to great design.

The in-house design team at Retro Europe follow very closely the views from H.C. Dieter Rams, a German designer associated with the Functionalist School of Industrial Design. His exciting brave approach and relentless self-belief in “less but better” design has influenced the creation of modern designer furniture from Retro Europe.

We believe the aesthetic quality of a product and its functional appeal is integral to its success.
And beautiful furniture that is used every day has an effect on people and their well-being.
But only furniture fulfilling a purpose every day can be beautiful, loved, and perfect.

Retro Europe avoids being in vogue, and so we are never antiquated. Unlike a five-minute fashionable trend, our design style lasts for a lifetime, even though we live in a throwaway culture.

It costs no more to design with attention to detail.

Care and accuracy throughout the whole design progress and manufacture will produce timeless pieces of Great Designer Furniture you will love.

How do we manufacture affordable quality ‘own brand’ designer furniture?

Good design is innovative and Retro Europe embrace the latest Technological Development in furniture making ensuring our high – quality functional furniture is produced in the most cost-effective way.

We are very serious about our affordable price promise, and we are very proud of the quality of all our own brand designer retro furniture. The furniture you buy under the Retro Europe name is sold from our online store and delivered to you from our manufacturing base via our Distribution Centre.

You are not paying fees for agents and middlemen.

And as an online seller, we have a massive price advantage over High Street Bricks and Mortar Stores.

We do not have their expensive overheads to pay every day.

And these savings go straight to you….and do not forget our 7-day delivery service


We hope you really enjoy this information blog and that you start to look at modern designer furniture in a new way.

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These Designer Furniture Suppliers will be found online.

Why?

Because online stores are so much cheaper to service than bricks and mortar High Street Shops.

Because developing new designer furniture is hugely expensive.

Because online furniture suppliers with these considerably lower overheads can afford to have the best young design teams developing new and exciting designer furniture.

What makes Designers of modern furniture special?

Designers are born with a passion for Modern Designer Furniture.

In the leading retro furniture stores, there are young in-house design teams with the unique ability to create authentic classic designer furniture, and ensure the furniture is manufactured with an ‘attention to detail’ commitment.

Modern Furniture Designers Retro Europe are passionate about Designer Furniture and want everyone to share their passion and enjoy their furniture every day

Let’s Talk Quality and Attention to Detail.

So you are in the market for a new sofa and armchairs, or perhaps a new dining table and chairs. Price is important but quality products and the attention to detail in the design and manufacture are of paramount importance.

We have found at online furniture store Retro Europe, they offer more than just comfort and style, the online retro furniture store offers a wide and diverse selection of designer furniture that also embodies strength and durability.

At retroeurope.com each of their products is a testament to true craftsmanship. Their craftspeople are trained in the traditional furniture-makers way and produce unique, high-quality and sustainably made products.

Why does Retro Europe invest in new furniture designs and styles?

Because there is a huge demand is the simple answer.

Discerning clients of designer retro furniture want to buy quality designer sofas, chairs, and tables for their homes and their commercial environments.

Buyers appreciate that there is a sentimentality and meaning behind designer handmade furniture that is manufactured for a lifetime of use, that is unparallelled by any furniture that is mass-produced for the throwaway market

And, today with Modern Technology buyers at Retro Europe can now afford to buy individually high-quality designer furniture

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It is sad , but with a happy ending..

Retro Furniture was the exclusive domain of the very wealthy.

Vitra and Cassina sell high quality ”original design” modern designer retro furniture, originally designed by Le Corbusier and Charles Eames,

These beautiful pieces, are some of the greatest modern designer furniture ever imagined, and are very expensive.

Is 7,000 Euros, for a 2 seater Le Corbusier LC2 Sofa excessive?

Around 15 years ago we witnessed the birth of the Internet.

Worldwide trade was now available from the comfort of your home or office.

At this time cringe worthy copies of these masterpieces became available at 700 Euros.

A small fraction of the 7,000+ Euros price tags of the originals.

This did not worry the License Holders who own the monopoly on selling Le Corbusier Original Furniture, and the LC2 Sofas for around 7000 euros continued to sell.

However, very quickly the Imposter’s understood the market requirements.

Buyers of modern designer retro furniture will not buy bad quality retro furniture.

So they set about improving their modernist styled copies, and with Western Quality Inspectors advising the Far East factories, the retro furniture products improved beyond all expectations.

Today, it is now possible to buy exactly the same level of a quality modernist styled Le Corbusier Sofa 2 seater, sold by the License holders for 7,000 Euros, for 700 Euros direct from the Far East factory.

This is the story of the demise of Le Corbusier modern design furniture, and it’s a sad, but with a happy ending.

Today, Le Corbusier Sofas and Armchairs in the world of Modernist Retro Furniture are viewed differently.

Instead of appreciating them as a beautiful piece of retro modernist furniture art, buyers and admirers attention today is focused only on the price, and more directly on the price difference, of the two identical sofas.

The Original versus the Copy —-7000 Euros versus 700 Euros — why is this important?

The buyers of modern designer furniture couldn’t look away from the price difference. And each time, these identical products were compared, buyers started to question the function of use of this design, and not about the beauty of the design.

It morphed into a classic scandal, and the story of a bloody car crash was unfolding.

The high-profile battle began, and the price difference, the real functional value, and the blind addiction to the Le Corbusier LC2 Sofas and Armchairs, were all being questioned.

The Real questions that were now being asked were;

1.Why pay 700 euros, or for that matter why pay 7000 euros, for a sofa designed in 1929 that is too small, uncomfortable and offers little support to the lower back?

2. Why pay 700 euros, or for that matter why pay 7000 euros, for a sofa designed in 1929, specifically for someone from that period, who is considerably smaller, lighter and less discerning than a 21st Century buyers?

3. Why pay 700 euros, or for that matter why pay 7000 euros, for a sofa designed in 1929, that is basically a steel frame with elasticated straps holding four cushions?

Explanations were being demanded, and no reasonable response has been offered.

Except for one.

No one can ever dispute the value of this incredible design.

Le Corbusier did design a masterpiece nearly 100 years ago.

But today in the 21st century, it does not have functional appeal.

And any price, be that 700 euros, or 7000 euros, really is not in question anymore.

The next phase of great modernist retro designer furniture movement is now being directed by a new wave of companies.

Companies with creative vision, who understand the needs of the 21st Century retro furniture buyer who are in love with the Modernist Movement..

Made, Bluesuntree and Europe’s leading online retro furniture store, Retro Europe, have created new 21st Century reinventions of the great early modernist designs, and using modern technology, the furniture is expertly crafted and available at an affordable price for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Retro Europe have reinvented the famous Le Corbusier LC2.

Prices start at 549 euros, and the furniture follows traditional furniture makers methods of solid hardwood framed armchairs and sofas,and multi density cushioning, to ensure the correct support, and finally beautifully covered in soft Danish Cotton or 100% genuine premium leather, and encased in a magnificent steel frame which give the impression the furniture is floating.

The masterpiece design style that was Le Corbusier, is safe with the Reinvented Retro Europe Le Bauhaus Collection of quality Armchairs and Sofas for the 21st century discerning buyer

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1. EAMES LOUNGER CHAIR AND OTTOMAN

The Eames lounger and Ottoman is voted number one. The perfect example of design, innovation and beauty all coming together in one package for all those long lonely days and nights alone on your Desert Island.

This moulded plywood-and-leather chair is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture from the 20th century. The designers, Charles and Ray Eames were so inventive, and this chair was originally designed for the film director Billy Wilder.

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2. BESTLITE DESK LAMP

Originally created in 1930 by Robert Best and made in Birmingham. The Bestlite is very British and functional. It is profoundly not pretty, but it has very clean lines and quietly impressive.
Extremely well constructed and durable and still in production today. It is attractive simply because of its total lack of anything complicated or gimmicky. In that sense it represents symbolically of what British design is all about. It is rumoured that there was one on Winston Churchill’s desk in his Whitehall air-raid shelter.

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3. FLOS ARCO FLOOR LAMP

Created by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Italian manufacturer Flos in 1962. The Arco was originally conceived as a floor lamp that would provide direct light without the necessity of being fixed to the ceiling. It remains extremely contemporary and is number 3 in your top 10 choices for your Desert Island.
It is a truly inspired piece of modern design – simplicity and iconic, with that fantastic arc of satin steel holding the pendant and a slab of white Italian Carrara marble keeping it upright. A rather special albeit understate detail is the hole in the heavy base, which allows you to move it with a broom handle.

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4. THONET BENTWOOD CHAIR

Number 4 is designed by Michael Thonet back in the 1850s. The classic bentwood chair is one of the world’s most successful commercial products. The unique design has remained virtually unchanged for 150 years. Renowed and loved for the elegance of steam-bent furniture, which started a modern movement a long time ago. All the components are able to be created in one location and assembled elsewhere. Essentially, and for the need of a modern term, it was the first of flat-pack furniture.
The Thonet Bentwood chairs became a big hit in cafés around the world. They are extremely durable and should they be knocked over they bounce rather than break, as they’re so flexible, yet they are without doubt elegant and very economical to make.

THONET BENTWOOD CHAIR

 
 

5. NOGUCHI AKARI LAMP

Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese-American designer who originally trained as a sculptor and brought that sensibility to everything he created: lighting, furniture, gardens and stage sets. Perhaps better known for the Noguchi Coffee Table he named his range of delicate Fifties lights Akari after the Japanese for ‘light as illumination’.
The dramatic effect is of a glowing sculpture created from little more than paper and wood. A very traditional Japanese vision. As a consequence they are rather lightweight and maybe easily knocked over by a gust of wind oyour Desert Island, nevertheless their innate beauty is adored and is number 5 in your all time favourite pieces.

NOGUCHI AKARI LAMP

 
 

6. KARUSELLI CHAIR

Without question a well deserved choice and number 6 in your favourite list of piece of interior design for your Desert Island. Undoubtedly one of the most comfortable chair ever sat in. A chair once described by Howard Hughes in a rare moment of melancholy ‘I would like to retire to a Karuselli Chair with a cigar and a stiff drink as frequently as possible. I own four of them, an original from the Sixties at my London pied-à-terre and three more in my houses around the world.’
The chair is composed of a fibreglass shell, a thin layer of foam and very high-quality leather, and not only does it swivel, but it also rocks. There is a famous anecdote about its designer Yrjö Kukkapuro. It is presumed he came up with the idea after falling asleep on a mound of snow following a heavy drinking session, but the manufacturers prefer to say he was playing in the snow with his daughter. I prefer the former but either way the idea that the shape he made in the snow was the source of inspiration is a real winner.

KARUSELLI CHAIR

 
 

7. RETRO EUROPE EIFFEL CHAIR

This modern designer dining chair is number 7 in your all time favourite list and was designed by the in house design team at Retro Europe. It has a beautiful simple plastic shell that is incredibly comfortable, and the shell is secured to a metal frame, and supported by walnut legs. This is sturdy and durable, wonderfully designed dining chair or occasional chair.
The work of in house design team at Retro Europe.com is way ahead of its time, and the Eiffel Chair is available only from Retro Europe.com Europe’s leading on line retro furniture outlet.

Retro Europe Eiffel Chair

 
 

8. DAVID MELLOR CUTLERY

Coming in at number 8 in your all time favourite requests to have on your Desert Island is David Mellor cutlery. David Mellor a by word for cutlery and not to confused with a former Minister of the realm. David Mellor produces simple hand-finished steel and silver items from his Broom Hall factory in Sheffield. The cutlery is extremely well weighted a real pleasure to hold in ones hand. Sadly he died last year which was a huge loss because he was exactly the sort of designer the world can never replace. Staying true to his Sheffield roots, and he more than most understood steel-manufacturing techniques.

DAVID MELLOR CUTLERY

 
 

9. SAARINEN TULIP TABLE

‘ This is the most elegant table ever designed ‘ a phrase repeated by you and number 9 in your want list for your Desert Island experience. It was designed by the Finnish American Eero Saarinen, who also was equally renowned as an architect. When he unveiled the Tulip Table in 1956, Saarinen boldly announced that he wanted to do away with ‘the slum of legs’. His design certainly achieved that. The Tulip table is a distinctively Sixties piece , and a measure of its success and popularity is the fact that it is as has endured over four decades.

SAARINEN TULIP TABLE

 
 

10. ALFRED BED

Of course on your Desert Island you must have a good bed and number 10 on your list is designed by Sean Sutcliffe at Benchmark Furniture. The Alfred bed is a simple and elegant version of the classic English four-poster bed, built with a solid oak frame and sprung beech slats. It is a very modern yet traditional design approach that updates the classic bed in such a way that certainly surprises and engages people at every level.

ALFRED BED

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The Craftsmanship & Quality from Retro Europe

Retro Europe offers more than just comfort and style, their retro furniture also embodies strength and durability.

Retro Europe’s modern designer retro furniture products are manufactured using materials of the highest quality. Retro Europe handpicks leather from renowned tanneries; manufacturing with top quality kiln dried solid hardwood for a sturdy structure, and multi-density ultra resilient cushioning to ensure support, comfort and a long trouble free life.

Retro Europe uses the finest materials to ensure that each work of classic furniture art is a sound investment for anyone seeking the ultimate culmination of designer style, comfort, and durability from their modernist designer furniture.

Spiers Slate Grey Leg

Each piece of modernist or mid-century retro furniture that comes out of the factory is a testament to true craftsmanship. Retro Europe’s attention to detail sets Retro Europe’s modern designer furniture apart from others, by creating comfort and a timeless designer style that lasts a lifetime.

Each individual piece of mid-century, modernist or contemporary furniture passes through a meticulous process of material selection, which is then cut to precise measurements by retro furniture craftsman using state of the art technology.

Spiers Mineral Blue Fabric

When quality is concerned, Retro Europe rank at the top with the very best. Retro Europe is continuously striving towards total quality management, pushing the bar higher, in search of new ways to achieve the highest degree of excellence possible.

Retro Europe subject their retro furniture to a thorough inspection at every stage of manufacture and track them through to final assembly by electronically tagging each piece. They are then carefully packaged for shipment to ensure that quality is maintained and delivered on time.