The answer is a resounding yes. When I talk to someone my age about antiques, the responses are usually something about it being an expensive hobby for elderly rich people. And it’s true, there are indeed luxury objects whose date of fabrication means they now have an even higher price tag than when they were bought new, but the factory-made china set a grandmother inherited from her grandmother is an antique too! Maybe you call it vintage, thinking that antiques really just refers to the expensive Georgian furniture you see on display at the V&A, and, as other Gen Y antiques enthusiasts pointed out before, you wouldn’t be to blame for that.
Yesterday (14th of May 2017) I’ve had the pleasure to attend Craft Central’s Made in Clerkenwell event. Designers opened their studios for the day, some of them working (I was able to observe for a few fascinating moments the work of violin makers Ruschil and Bailly, which is not a kind of craft you expect to see every day), but mostly it was a showcase of products with the ability to buy them, and most designers happy to have a chat about their work.
The title sounds like an oxymoron, but when it comes to lifestyle changes, it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing exciting new things and inspirational people, and feeling like your life is a mess and you’re not living up to the standard. Intentional living, hygge, conscious consumerism etc all sound like very big terms, and it’s easy to find them daunting and unachievable, but the truth is, you may already be living like that without realising it was even a thing.