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One of the most common questions that we get from our readers is where to buy Scandinavian mid-century designs at an affordable price. And it is not a bad question – the licence holders can afford to blow up their prices out of proportions and shipping costs can easily skyrocket, so it’s only to be expected that the market will try to find a more affordable solutions. Companies specialising in reproductions of these iconic designs have been subjects of many controversies, of praises and disappointments alike. All of these things point to one fact that seems rather obvious when you come to think about it – we need a place where people would exchange this information and learn about the best offer that is out there easily.

Without aiming to create a full-fledged forum, at least at this time, we will devote some time on our blog to write reviews of some of the companies which seem to be ever-present on the market, or those which aren’t present enough, but very well should be. We hope you will find this information useful and that it will help you obtain you Scandinavian designs without hassle and at affordable prices.

Company overview: Poly & Bark

Poly & Bark has been around for some time and it has achieved quite a success. With a plethora of mixed reviews out there and a huge conflict of disappointed and passionately dedicated customers, it seems like a perfect company for our Exploring the Replica Industry section of the blog. Specialising in mid-century furniture of various styles, Poly & Bark certainly left a mark on the market. But, are they doing a good job?

Online shopping Yes
Showroom No
Guarantee 1 years
Return/refund period 48 hours for faulty deliveries, 30 days for non-damaged deliveries
Payment options PayPal, all major credit cards, payment after delivery
Customer service Phone, email, live chat app on website

 

Poly & Bark pros:

Poly & Bark has quite a number of things going for it, including:

  • Affordable prices
  • Wide offer with many types of products
  • Designs in various styles
  • Website that is simple to use and navigate

Poly & Bark cons

However, there are some areas where Poly & Bark could improve:

  • Long delays with delivery
  • Slow responses or no response from customer service
  • Hidden return costs
  • Shipping details not available prior to making an order
  • Much vague information on important policies and a lack of details

What can you get at Poly & Bark?

As mentioned, Poly & Bark has a very versatile offer with numerous types of furniture, including desk, office, dining or lounge chairs, ottomans, barstools, counter stools, tables, beds, headrests, lighting solutions and even rugs. As such, it covers pretty much everything a modern home needs. This amazing diversity of Poly & Bark products is easily the greatest strength of the company as such.

What are the prices like?

Poly & Bark prices are highly competitive and easily among the lowest in the market. However, the hidden and underplayed costs can make your order rather pricey if you end up having to ask for a refund or replacement of a damaged order. Despite this, and some slightly inflated shipping costs, Poly & Bark is still more affordable than the majority of other business dealing with the same products.

Poly & Bark experiences

If you do some quick internet surfing on the topic, you can easily find how the experiences with Poly & Bark can be exceptionally varied. However, it does seem that a larger portion of their customers have experienced some issues, with very long delivery times, numerous delays and faulty goods of quality less than what is advertised being the most commonly reported issues. However, those rather positive reviews seem to indicate that Poly & Bark can easily provide high quality on time – well, at least sometimes. This lack of consistency, this unpredictability is probably the biggest flaw of this company. We are sincerely hoping Poly & Bark will take care of these issues in the future and translate its potential into happy customers.

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Retro décor elements making a big comeback in 2019

Those of you who might be following the interior design trends for some time must have notice that things that were big once usually tend to return in new glow years later. And there is something special about swiping the dust off your old statement pieces knowing that they are hip and stylish yet again. For all of us who are fans of retro and vintage look, these dynamics prove an opportunity to bring to the forefront some awesome elements that have never quite left our hearts, but which are now what everybody is trying to get.

So far, 2019 seems to be a rather interesting year when it comes to interior design and it seems that it will bring a special something for all the lovers of classy old and elegantly worn-out.

In this article, I will take a quick look at some retro décor elements that seem to be making a huge comeback this season.

Wicker furniture

To start with my personal favorite example of old-school Euro-style elegance, wicker furniture seems to already catch some attention. While the golden days of wicker ended somewhere in the 1930s, it already had some revival in the eclectic 60s and 70s. Now, it’s time for yet another comeback in style! However, while in the previous eras wicker furniture was a kind of a dominant motif, today it seems to be used mostly sparingly and with great care for balance. So, I’m not talking about the out-dated look with wicker everywhere, but just about some statement pieces which will bring a dash of retro to your contemporary apartment. I already got my wicker coffee table back to the living room! If you don’t have some old gems at hand, I guess it’s time for you to hit the antique furniture stores.

Wallpaper

Now this one is a bit problematic. Most people either love or hate wallpaper, and it’s not that surprising. While this décor element can be rather classy when done right, we’ve all seen those horribly over the top eye-hurting patterns which frankly don’t seem like they would look good in any situation. However, the 70s style floral patterns reminiscent of the warmth of grandma’s home testify about a different, much more positive side of wallpaper prints. And, there is of course the modern twist on this element, with geometric patterns and metallic shades which are a perfect option for a truly modern home.

Gold details

Shiny brass already had its days of glory somewhere around 1995, but it is back today in a more elegant form, with blurred, matt elegance and bronze champagne shades. Faucets, frames and light fixtures are all perfect opportunities to add a bit of golden sophistication from your home and get a break from sometimes all to sterile polished chrome which is dominating modern interior design a bit too long for my taste.

Blue and white

To be completely honest, I am always a bit sceptical about this combo. Blue and white combination was a big thing in the first half of the 1990s, but in my mind, it is something more related to the old-school European homes from the 19th century, especially with a touch of stylish ceramics. And, this is exactly the style that seems to be making a comeback, so we are not talking about the Greece-inspired navy theme, but more about patterns fitting in in a larger eclectic décor style where they will not create too much of a vintage look, but just add an old-school vibe to a modern apartment.

Pastel colors

This 1980s trend in the aesthetic of Miami Vice has never been my favorite, but I have to admit that it can be a rather nice addition to the modern home. As long as your pastels aren’t too overwhelming, they can work wonders when combined with a bold accent color for a chromatic contrast. As the year has just begun, we will have to wait a bit and see how this trend will further develop, but so far it seems that is most commonly present in furniture, especially wooden dining chairs, and accent walls.

Wood panels

Ok, now we’re talking about something I absolutely love! To be honest, I don’t know why wood panels ever go out of style – they are so versatile and can be used in pretty much every interior design style that you can encounter today, from traditional to minimalist, from bohemian to Scandinavian. So, much to my delight, shiplap seems to be absolutely everywhere in 2019 and I am sure to make the most out of this comeback.

Macrame

Now this is an obscure one! Macrame was the bread and butter of the kitschy 1970s look, but it quickly fell into oblivion in the decades that followed, with the notable exception being boho chic homes – and those who haven’t noticed that the flower power era was over. These handmade textiles with big prominent knots can be used as wall decorations, but are also present as, for example, plant holders. Macrame used in 2019 is much more minimalist looking, much more precise than the groovy designs of the 1970s, but it still adds that boho chic vibe perfectly.