The art of consignment and how it’s changing our perception of designer furniture

The art of consignment and how it’s changing our perception of designer furniture

For those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer furniture is an investment. A high-end designer piece will hold its value over time. However, for those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market. For Wendy Francis-Ching, a long-time aficionado of designer furniture, it became apparent there was a gap in the market. As she spoke to various friends and acquaintances over the years, she realised that people who were purchasing this style of furniture were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with it if their situation changed, it was time to update their decor, or they moved house and a piece no longer worked in the new setting.

 

“I realised that people were unwilling to simply let go of many of these pieces, just as I had been. They saw their value and appreciated the quality of craftsmanship, material and design, and had looked after them over the years, meaning they were mostly in exceptional condition,” Wendy says. 

“When I looked into the situation a bit more, it became obvious there was a need for a solution to this common conundrum. I realised that people were often putting the items into storage units, unsure how to handle them. For the types of people who were purchasing these pieces, online marketplaces weren’t really the right forum to sell them due to the endless questions and the time it would take to deal with the selling process. That’s when I came up with the idea of Consignment.” 

It was an idea that took on a life of its own. Three years on, Consignment has opened up a new world of possibilities for both those who purchase brand new high-end designer furniture, and for those who appreciate it but can’t purchase it new.

What is Consignment? 

“Consignment is the ultimate resource for luxury home furnishings and hard-to-find design treasures at moderate prices. Here, you can find home furnishings and accessories no longer needed by one and desired by another. For buyers, there is a continuous introduction of new and original stock which caters to myriad decorating styles. 

“For consignors, Consignment is the most lucrative and rewarding way to on-sell furnishings that no longer meet your needs, and save money on storage fees. 

“By offering a consignment service, we are working for both these client groups. For people who appreciate good design and the value of this furniture, it is the ideal situation,” Wendy says.

How does the consignment process work? 

Consignment operates a large gallery in Newmarket, Auckland, offering a consignment service allowing owners of designer furniture to pass a piece to Wendy and her team, who will style it and place it in the gallery, managing the entire sales process. 

“In doing this, we are offering designer pieces at sometimes half their initial cost, allowing more of the market to enjoy this beautiful furniture. We are also extending the useful life of the furniture and offering a much-appreciated service to clients who want to sell their pieces. 

“A beautiful consequence of consignment furniture is the innate sustainability of it. Rather than buying new, we are offering people the beauty of great design by utilising what already exists, reducing wastage and the over-extension of resources.” 

What types of pieces can be consigned? 

For Wendy, the careful curation of Consignment’s gallery is crucial to the success of the business. “I appreciate the exceptional artisanship of contemporary European designers, and it’s this niche in particular that we focus on. It’s also these pieces that hold their value over time and retain their monetary worth,” Wendy says. “The pieces we deal with are investments, and you can expect them to last for generations. 

“Often, we have unique and rare pieces available that are no longer in production, yet can still offer a real sense of character, adding a story to the home.” 

 

Find out more about Consignment and its design-led gallery.

Consignment Furniture

Consignment is the ultimate resource for luxury home furnishings and hard to find design treasures at moderate prices. Here you can find home furnishings and accessories...

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The art of consignment and how it’s changing our perception of designer furniture

For those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer furniture is an investment. A high-end designer piece will hold its value over time. However, for those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market. For Wendy Francis-Ching, a long-time aficionado of designer furniture, it became apparent there was a gap in the market. As she spoke to various friends and acquaintances over the years, she realised that people who were purchasing this style of furniture were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with it if their situation changed, it was time to update their decor, or they moved house and a piece no longer worked in the new setting.

 

“I realised that people were unwilling to simply let go of many of these pieces, just as I had been. They saw their value and appreciated the quality of craftsmanship, material and design, and had looked after them over the years, meaning they were mostly in exceptional condition,” Wendy says. 

“When I looked into the situation a bit more, it became obvious there was a need for a solution to this common conundrum. I realised that people were often putting the items into storage units, unsure how to handle them. For the types of people who were purchasing these pieces, online marketplaces weren’t really the right forum to sell them due to the endless questions and the time it would take to deal with the selling process. That’s when I came up with the idea of Consignment.” 

It was an idea that took on a life of its own. Three years on, Consignment has opened up a new world of possibilities for both those who purchase brand new high-end designer furniture, and for those who appreciate it but can’t purchase it new.

What is Consignment? 

“Consignment is the ultimate resource for luxury home furnishings and hard-to-find design treasures at moderate prices. Here, you can find home furnishings and accessories no longer needed by one and desired by another. For buyers, there is a continuous introduction of new and original stock which caters to myriad decorating styles. 

“For consignors, Consignment is the most lucrative and rewarding way to on-sell furnishings that no longer meet your needs, and save money on storage fees. 

“By offering a consignment service, we are working for both these client groups. For people who appreciate good design and the value of this furniture, it is the ideal situation,” Wendy says.

How does the consignment process work? 

Consignment operates a large gallery in Newmarket, Auckland, offering a consignment service allowing owners of designer furniture to pass a piece to Wendy and her team, who will style it and place it in the gallery, managing the entire sales process. 

“In doing this, we are offering designer pieces at sometimes half their initial cost, allowing more of the market to enjoy this beautiful furniture. We are also extending the useful life of the furniture and offering a much-appreciated service to clients who want to sell their pieces. 

“A beautiful consequence of consignment furniture is the innate sustainability of it. Rather than buying new, we are offering people the beauty of great design by utilising what already exists, reducing wastage and the over-extension of resources.” 

What types of pieces can be consigned? 

For Wendy, the careful curation of Consignment’s gallery is crucial to the success of the business. “I appreciate the exceptional artisanship of contemporary European designers, and it’s this niche in particular that we focus on. It’s also these pieces that hold their value over time and retain their monetary worth,” Wendy says. “The pieces we deal with are investments, and you can expect them to last for generations. 

“Often, we have unique and rare pieces available that are no longer in production, yet can still offer a real sense of character, adding a story to the home.” 

 

Find out more about Consignment and its design-led gallery.

Consignment Furniture

Consignment is the ultimate resource for luxury home furnishings and hard to find design treasures at moderate prices. Here you can find home furnishings and accessories...

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The art of consignment and how it’s changing our perception of designer furniture

The art of consignment and how it’s changing our perception of designer furniture

For those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer furniture is an investment. A high-end designer piece will hold its value over time. However, for those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market. For Wendy Francis-Ching, a long-time aficionado of designer furniture, it became apparent there was a gap in the market. As she spoke to various friends and acquaintances over the years, she realised that people who were purchasing this style of furniture were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with it if their situation changed, it was time to update their decor, or they moved house and a piece no longer worked in the new setting.

 

“I realised that people were unwilling to simply let go of many of these pieces, just as I had been. They saw their value and appreciated the quality of craftsmanship, material and design, and had looked after them over the years, meaning they were mostly in exceptional condition,” Wendy says. 

“When I looked into the situation a bit more, it became obvious there was a need for a solution to this common conundrum. I realised that people were often putting the items into storage units, unsure how to handle them. For the types of people who were purchasing these pieces, online marketplaces weren’t really the right forum to sell them due to the endless questions and the time it would take to deal with the selling process. That’s when I came up with the idea of Consignment.” 

It was an idea that took on a life of its own. Three years on, Consignment has opened up a new world of possibilities for both those who purchase brand new high-end designer furniture, and for those who appreciate it but can’t purchase it new.

What is Consignment? 

“Consignment is the ultimate resource for luxury home furnishings and hard-to-find design treasures at moderate prices. Here, you can find home furnishings and accessories no longer needed by one and desired by another. For buyers, there is a continuous introduction of new and original stock which caters to myriad decorating styles. 

“For consignors, Consignment is the most lucrative and rewarding way to on-sell furnishings that no longer meet your needs, and save money on storage fees. 

“By offering a consignment service, we are working for both these client groups. For people who appreciate good design and the value of this furniture, it is the ideal situation,” Wendy says.

How does the consignment process work? 

Consignment operates a large gallery in Newmarket, Auckland, offering a consignment service allowing owners of designer furniture to pass a piece to Wendy and her team, who will style it and place it in the gallery, managing the entire sales process. 

“In doing this, we are offering designer pieces at sometimes half their initial cost, allowing more of the market to enjoy this beautiful furniture. We are also extending the useful life of the furniture and offering a much-appreciated service to clients who want to sell their pieces. 

“A beautiful consequence of consignment furniture is the innate sustainability of it. Rather than buying new, we are offering people the beauty of great design by utilising what already exists, reducing wastage and the over-extension of resources.” 

What types of pieces can be consigned? 

For Wendy, the careful curation of Consignment’s gallery is crucial to the success of the business. “I appreciate the exceptional artisanship of contemporary European designers, and it’s this niche in particular that we focus on. It’s also these pieces that hold their value over time and retain their monetary worth,” Wendy says. “The pieces we deal with are investments, and you can expect them to last for generations. 

“Often, we have unique and rare pieces available that are no longer in production, yet can still offer a real sense of character, adding a story to the home.” 

 

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