Spending your Saturday’s afternoons walking around way too crowded shops looking for something you will probably never find is so 1999! As for everything else we know, from dating to friendships, to housing and information, internet has in fact changed the way we shop, allowing us to find everything we want, at an affordable price, while comfortably sitting on our couch.
This phenomenon goes under the name of e-commerce. In 1999, the e-commerce worldwide turnover was over $110Bn; this already impressive number has been relentlessly growing through the past 10 years: to date, over 2Bn people navigate the internet (78% of the Americans and 65% of the European population navigate via Pc, tablet and smartphones) and the overall e- commerce turnover is estimated to pass the $1Tr threshold by the end of 2013.
In light of these and others data, it’s crystal clear how the crisis that has been suffocating economies worldwide for the past 7 years hasn’t affected the e-commerce sector, at all.
For those of you who are not so into e-commerce yet, let’s try to answer this simple question:
Why so much buzz around the e-commerce? As above stated the e-commerce has completely revolutionized the way we shop. Online platforms – Amazon’s a great example – offer customers the chance to choose amongst hundreds of thousands of products by simply typing a few keywords; prices are often cut thanks to coupons, special offers and to lower costs sustained by the retailer; shipping are fast, cheap and reliable.
Easy, fast, fun and cheap: what else do I need to say? Interior design being our field of competence, we’ll give you some useful tips and handy info on how and where to buy furniture online.
Whilst furniture physical retailers are going down – even IKEA, the biggest home deco brand in the world, has been forced to reinvent it’s sales tactics, offering customers new ways to shop online – online retailers’ numbers have been relentlessly growing in the past few years, reaching and topping the physical ones.
Below, a list of our favorite online furniture retailers:
Fab: the original social home decor shopping experience on the web, Fab is the ultimate resource if you are looking for something cool, like, say a red lacquer light fixture, or a farmhouse-inspired chair. Prices run the gamut, so there really is something for everyone here.
One King Lane: the leading flash sales site for the home market, members get access to spectacular designer home decor, furnishings, accessories, and gifts, at prices well below retail. We particularly love their “trend” sales like the recent “Total Transparency” sale, offering up spectacular finds like clear bar carts and chairs.
Wayfair: this is the site that you are going to when you are starting your furniture search. Its huge, easy-to- sort selection for every imaginable room, can’t be beat. And if you need to, say, fill your entire home in a couple of days, this is where to do it.
Wisteria: started by couple Andrew and Shannon Newsom who began traveling the world searching for decor treasures, at first just selling them to friends, Wisteria the catalogue was eventually born. Now, their e-commerce site is a must visit for any design enthusiast. Prices are surprisingly great (like $1,399 for a gorgeous linen settee), which is, of course, a huge bonus.
Fancy: the Fancy defines itself as “a shop, a blog, a magazine and a whishlist”. In other words, Fancy is a platform through which both professional and private sellers can sell their products. To date, the platform offers over two millions new products a week.
Lovethesign: Lovethesign is an online platform dedicated to home decoration and interior design. It’s vast selection offers everything you need to decorate your spaces: indoor, outdoor, lights and so on: unlimited choice to satisfy your needs.
Yoox: Yoox it’s the world leader multi-brand lifestyle e-store in the field of article and design. Yoox provides its customers with an almost infinite selections of products realized by the most prestigious brands worldwide. Shopping on yoox.com it’s like travelling through fashion and design which allows everyone to express itself creating its own style.
Clippings:Clippings is part home store, part design magazine;it’s a place for design lovers & savvy shoppers to discover beautiful products and spaces for their homes.
Gilt: Gilt provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. Members can find something new for their homes every day, as well as exclusive local services and experiences.