Is Authenticity Getting Old?

Trends & Events

VERY interesting piece in the New York Times today…about all the unique, one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces we are all trying to stuff into our homes to showcase our individual personalities and make our homes feel more like us–whatever that means. The writer, as well as a few people quoted in the piece, tend to think that this era of authenticity is coming to a close.

“How much authenticity is too much? It’s an oddly philosophical question, given the subject matter, but one that might occur to anyone confronted with the deluge of vintage and artisanal products now available online and through mass-market retailers. Put another way, have we finally reached a saturation point, where the “authentic” loses its eternal quality and becomes just another fad?” — Emily Weinstein for the NYT

What do you think? With more and more handmade, one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces becoming more and more available to the masses, are they losing their charm? Are people starting to move away from that style? Let us know. 

And read the full NYT piece here. And if you’re not over authenticity yet, some recent Modern Etsy posts of ours:

Urban + Forest
Sometimes She Does
Fabulous Mess
Paint Square
Milk-White Modern
Leah Duncan


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  1. Holly @ HvH Interiors

    Oct 29, 2011 at 2:46 am

    This is interesting. I think most homeowners like to have personal/custom/one of a kind/handmade items. It promotes a sense of individuality and uniqueness – after all, isn’t that what makes life interesting, the fact that we are all different even though we are fundamentally all the same? But this post brings up a good point … if everyone is doing it, then is it original anymore? The trend is growing fast and far and I think it is a positive one – it supports the local economy, artisans, crafters and the small business. But I agree that as more of us do it, the more normal it becomes and the less special it is – for sure, as with anything after the novelty wears off. But if supporting this trend becomes the norm, is that really such a bad thing? On a large scale, I don’t think so. On an individual scale, I believe in balance and if every single thing in your home is one of a kind – the uniqueness does cancel itself out. Thanks 2M for sharing the article ;)

  2. alexandra keller

    Nov 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

    thanks for posting the article – i think it’s cyclical. for the last couple of years i wanted a lot of vintage furnishings, vintage accessories, & original art from Etsy.
    now i’m cleaning house and only keeping things that are special – my Ukrainian art – and the occasional vintage or unique something – like the vintage mirrors in my brand new bathroom.
    like the Koons, i used to like that shabby tea cup chic look once, too, and now i want clean and modern looking.
    but maybe in a few years, i’ll be into something else. it’s not really me, but farm house chic seems to be popular on Etsy right now.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Thank you for that thoughtful reply. I try to do the same — only keep stuff that has meaning or a story to it. Your Ukrainian art sounds amazing!

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