Expense -vs- Value

Everyone knows that Grassrootsmodern is all about "affordable modern". The "affordable" part often implies inexpensive, but I like to think of it more as "good value". Unfortunately we can't always afford "good value". Point in case. Skram makes gorgeous hand made furniture. I'm not exactly sure on the pricing of the V4 chair or new V5 rocker shown above, but I image it's easily over $500. While a $500 hand made modern chair would be what I consider good value, unfortunately I still tell myself I can't afford it.

The reality is, I can.

It's all about perspective. When you think about owning something for a lifetime, something that is made to last, it changes your perspective. For example I will buy a $3,500 Eames Lounger someday and it will be the best value of any of my furniture because it will last decades and still look and function fantastically. That's value.

The balance of value and affordability is something that influences me daily. Last week I had a lovely dinner at a local restaurant called Forage. I spent over $200 for a 12 course meal for 2 people. While that may sound expensive, it is probably the best value I'll get out of a meal all year. The food, company and overall experience was amazing. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. When you redefine the value of something, it brings a whole new perspective to what is affordable. I'm hoping the whole "slow home" movement will help encourage people to realize the value of boutique furniture builders like Skram, and support them.

With all that in mind, I'd like to know what you think. GRM readers are some of the biggest cheapskates in the design world. What do you consider affordable for hand made boutique modern furniture like Skram?

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Please excuse me while I pay some bills...