A Discussion: Traditional Furniture Waning?
I had dinner this weekend with an acquaintance who is in the high-end traditional furniture manufacturing business (maybe "to the trade only"). She said her business had fallen off to the point she was thinking of retiring. One of the people at the table asked if most of the furniture business was going to "flat-pack-put-together-with-hex-wrenches." The subject got changed and she never answered that question.
What is the opinion of this group? Is high quality traditional furniture going the way of the buggy whip? Furniture-wise, are we more likely to buy "disposable" furniture rather than "investment" furniture? If so, why? Is it money driven or is it driven by our desire to have new and to change our styles often?