06 Jan '12, 3pm

Houses are getting smaller but furniture is getting bigger. What is going on?

Houses are getting smaller but furniture is getting bigger. What is going on?

Back at the turn of the century, this ad was in every magazine and put Montauk on the map with their monster oversized chair. It went away, but according to the New York Times, big furniture is back with a vengeance, even as our homes get smaller and people downsize into apartments. Steven Kurutz notices the trend and writes in the New York Times: Furniture has been bulking up for several years now, partly to match the scale of all the cavernous “great rooms” that became must-haves in new homes (and perhaps also to match expanding waistlines). But big furniture seems to have reached a critical mass of comical massiveness. In many cases, the stuff won't even go into elevators or through doorways. But Americans seem to love the big oversized furniture: “People want the furniture to be more comfy,” [furniture buyer] Ms. Enders said. “The more contemporary furniture, which has...

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