Second-hand shopping - what is almost considered commonplace in fashion is a hot trend for furnishings and furniture, knows design retailer Norman Henry.
Under the brand of the same name, he sells used design classics, from lamps and chairs to tables, sideboards and desks, online and in his two Düsseldorf showrooms. The business is booming. It's no longer just about expressing individuality and stylish taste; buying sustainable furniture is now seen as an investment. Norman Henry thus selects well-known design originals that are celebrated as favorite pieces and in some cases hyped as collector's items, making them a stable and in some cases even value-enhancing investment. "However, it is not the high resale value that should be the decisive purchase argument, but rather the enthusiasm for the object," says the expert. "In times of home offices, cocooning and so on, the desire for a beautiful home with character has become extremely important. I often experience that customers on a discovery tour through my showrooms on Parkstraße or Ludwig-Wolker-Straße find their dream piece of furniture without looking," says the 26-year-old. That could be an early Eames Lounge Chair from the 60s by Herman Miller / Vitra, a Florence Knoll Executive Desk or a beautiful, Scandinavian Hans J. Wegner ensemble. In addition to well-known classics from Vitra and Thonet, for example, it is precisely these unique pieces that make Norman Henry's portfolio so special. All treasures of the time, which, in addition to function and quality, have one thing above all: an individual value.