Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Ikea of Mass-Customized Furniture - Wired News

The Ikea of Mass-Customized Furniture - Wired News

Evolvex lets you customize the size, color, and shape of its modern furniture modules.

Ikea is popular for a reason. The furniture is cheap, the minimalist aesthetic goes with just about anything, and it’s extremely customizable. Despite recent strides in adding augmented reality to their catalogue, when it comes time to order, their website can devolve into a confusing selection of parts. Surely there is a better way.

Enter Evolvex, an Australian design studio that has created a tool that allows you to design your own furniture online. Once you’ve worked out your dream shelving, they ship you the flatpack results, including customized assembly instructions unique to the configuration you created.

“Evolvex came from a bad furniture shopping experience,” says founder Priyanka Rao. Her sister had bought some flatpack necessities after an interstate move and found that each box had a part that was damaged in transit. “Because my father has a furniture manufacturing company we whisked the furniture to his factory and in the process she made some customizations.” Knowing that not everyone has the luxury of a family-run factory, the pair decided to launch a business around custom furniture.

Step 1 - select a template

Design is about seeing a problem and solving it. Evolvex grew out of a bad furniture shopping experience.

The company’s marquee feature is Evolvex Designer, a web-based tool meant to make customizing cabinetry as simple as building a house in The Sims. Given a palette of modular parts, customers can click and fiddle to their hearts’ content. Once they’re happy, the logistics chain springs into action and puts the parts together for shipping.

“We see our design tool as the easiest way for our customers to communicate what it is they are looking for,” says Rao. Some customers order directly from the tool, while others might prefer to have a phone or e-mail conversation before buying. If they do, there is a shared object to have a conversation about.

It’s yet another example of how digital tools can unlock the opportunities of mass-customization for consumers. The parts for your particular item get added to the production schedule only after you place your order. That manufacturing-on-demand model helps control costs and means there’s little to warehouse. “We’re in total control of the supply chain,” says Rao.

But can Evolvex compete with the immediate gratification of taking home a Billy Bookcase from the IKEA showroom? “The whole process currently takes two to three weeks,” Rao says, “but we are looking to get this down to one week as volume picks up.”

A quick walkthrough of the Evolvex Designer.

Images courtesy of Evolvex.


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