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The Designer Connection
For sites like 1stDibs, Chairish, Sotheby's Home, and others, interior
designers are becoming a fast-growing-and very important-segment of
their customer base. And, they're being rewarded for their patronage in the
form of favorable to-the-trade membership programs that offer discounts,
services, connections to potential new clients, and other advantages.
Designers can be important and effective ambassadors for purchasing
pre-owned goods, helping to educate their clients about each piece's
background and its place within the ongoing history of home furnishings
design. And, for designers, such digital marketplaces offer a way to infuse
classic and timeless design into a project. "Unlike most new items that
will begin to decline in value immediately after purchase, quality antiques
and vintage furniture will generally retain at least the value that's paid for
it," explains Brown. "Infusing vintage d├ęcor into a home is a great way to
keep design in circulation."
Interior designers are crucial to the business, says Liebel, because they are
particularly well suited to pass on the unique stories behind an object,
whether it's a stunning design or an antique with a remarkable history.
"We are committed to advancing design, and a large part of that is helping
to make interior designers' jobs easier and more efficient," she notes.
1stdibs estimates that around one-third of its buyers are interior designers,
and more than 40,000 of them are registered members with the company's
trade program. This program offers numerous benefits depending on
how much the designer spends with the company: special pricing, an
opportunity for being showcased in 1stdibs' editorial channels, a chance
to be connected to potential clients, and the services of the company's staff
(about 100 employees strong) devoted to the trade channel.
At Sotheby's Home, a similar percentage of its clientele are designers.
The company has developed a trade program to benefit its industry
customers, which includes a 15-percent trade discount, tax-exempt status,
opportunities to market their services, and access to a dedicated designer
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