The 80’s really put a bad taste in people’s mouths regarding design. Words like “polyester” and “veneer” often illicit shudders from our clients. HOWEVER, today’s materials have greatly improved since the 80’s! Over the past 35 years, polyester has gained better texture, feeling softer and less synthetic. It can feel quite luxurious or even fuzzy, unlike that squeaky, shiny, plastic-y feel that may come to mind. In fact, polyester is a great option for upholstery because of its wear ability and easy cleaning! Veneer’s reputation has also suffered from bad 80’s design. Veneers are often actually thin slices of beautiful, REAL wood applied to engineered woods, making them the hallmark of fine furniture. These engineered woods are often created to be stronger than hardwoods, being able to handle stresses better and prevent warping due to natural compression and expansion. The veneers allow you to have both form (beautiful wood grain) and function (strength and durability) within your piece. Don’t let the 80’s keep you from truly beautiful and luxurious interior design options!