If you've ever wished that you could shop at Parisian flea markets or New England antique shops for unique, one-of-a-kind furniture, your dream may just be a mouse click away! Nate talks with Michael Bruno, the founder and owner of 1stdibs.com*, about his online marketplace for furniture, home décor and more.
1stdibs.com connects dealers from around the world with customers looking to purchase antique, mid-century modern and vintage furniture and lighting. Items can be searched for by category, city, country or creator. Nate says it's the secret source of every designer, decorator and architect throughout the country. "It's an incredible place to find the most incredible things for your home," he says.
Michael says his business is booming, and that 1,000 potential new sellers are on a waiting list to join the site. "The demand for good design is stronger than ever," Michael says. The site also builds upon preexisting relationships between respected individuals in the interior design industry, which lends to its success, he says. "You have the best dealers in the country all at one place," he says.
Good design aside, Michael says his online marketplace represents an important trend in eco-friendly home décor, adding that the company's campaign for fall is "Do the planet a favor—buy antiques and vintage design." "It's beyond just buying something of good taste and good quality—it makes sense," he says.