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Why Do Designer Chairs Cost So Much?

Find out why splurging on the recliner you've been eyeing is worth it

Original Article: Mike Rivera

If you're new to the world of interior design, you probably have a few questions about designer chairs—why do similar-looking pieces sometimes cost P5,000 and P50,000? Why do some recliners cost more than a car? Why should I invest in expensive seating? To help you solve the mystery, we asked serious collectors and store owners to explain the reasons behind the steep price tags. Check them out below: 

1. Its design is groundbreaking and innovative. 

Jun Villalon, owner of The Drawing Room, appreciates and applauds the effort put into these iconic pieces. "They really spent time studying the ergonomics, the way the person sits, the way the person puts the hand on the arm, the way their feet fall flat on the ground," he says. Not only that, these pieces serve our needs and still fit into our modern homes as they were made to be classics. On the other hand, contemporary styles, to be judged by time, carry on the tradition of recording the evolution of modern man.

2. You get to own a bit of design history.

Whether you are an enthusiast or an aficionado, everyone wants to own a piece of design history. Marlene Ong of Mos Design shares, "We have a lot of the aspirational market. People who come here to aspire and wish that they would one some of the pieces."  If you really think about it, some of these pieces are even found in the context of museums because the production cost and the name behind it is truly one-of-a-kind. 

3. The chairs are made in limited numbers. 

With six-figure price tags, these chairs are definitely not for the average homeowner. Steltz Lighting, the distributor of Italian lighting manufacturer Flos, carries pieces that cost more than half a million pesos, like the special edition black Arco Lamp by Achille Castiglioni. Of the 3,000 pieces made before the designer died in 2002, the three units that were shipped to the Philippines immediately sold out. However, it is also important to make these iconic pieces accessible because even though they were created by respected designers, a chair is still meant to be seated on. 

Sources and Photos: Mos Design and Vitra.

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