Amassing a modern furniture collection on a budget used to require hundreds of man hours spent trawling yard sales. Now all it takes are the right keywords. Culled from our archives, here are seven instances of everyday design mavens who hit the online auction jackpot.
An avid furniture collector of over ten years, designer Kathryn Tyler knows a thing or two about how to design a beautiful home on a budget. She snagged this set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs online for $400.
Once it was reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat, this daybed designer Jean-Christophe Aumas found online fit right in at his flawlessly-appointed apartment in Paris.
When architect Carl Turner ran out of reclaimed wood for the flooring of this converted barn in England, he looked online to make up the shortfall. Incredibly, an eBay search yielded an old mill’s worth of boards.
Sourcing second-hand furniture from the web can free up funds to purchase new pieces at retail price. The residents of this minimalist Brooklyn apartment dine at a handsome mid-century walnut table they found online, and sit on a mix of new and antique Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner.
The residents of this rehabilitated duplex, also in Brooklyn, discovered their 1950s Louis XV–style bed on eBay.
Even ignoring the aesthetic merits of this backsplash's tiles (look how subtly they blend in with the stainless steel appliances!), at $2-per-square-foot online, they were the smart choice.
It was destined to be. Less than a week after scoring a streamlined midcentury refrigerator, the residents of this modest New York home found a matching 1949 GE stove online.