Finding the right furniture that fulfils the creative vision and functional needs of a project can be very time-consuming. The moment you like the look of a product, it only becomes an option once pricing is visible, meets commercial standards and can be delivered according to the project's deadline. Besides Instagram and Pinterest, furniture databases are a helpful tool to see a large quantity of design quickly. We've reviewed some of the most popular databases to see if they can help you speed up your FF&E procurement process.
Design-led furniture databases
Architonic is one of the industry’s leading design furniture databases – 16 million users visit every year. Showcasing over 400,000 premium products and building materials, the site has become central to the industry.
In addition to their extensive selection of design-led furniture, the Zurich-based company creates expert content on products, trends, fairs, and more.
While the range of categories and brands listed is enormous, pricing is not shown and users need to contact brands directly to enquire about a product.
As the self-proclaimed “global destination for architecture and design”, Stylepark boasts a huge catalogue of outstanding collections from across the globe. Since 2000, the German company curates architectural and design products on the platform.
Additionally, the brand has built up a reputation as news source with the Stylepark magazine. Whether it’s industry-relevant news articles and product launches to event reporting and interviews with industry-leading figures, Stylepark offers the latest news alongside its interior design furniture database.
Stylepark works best as a first step in the product research, as product profiles don't include pricing. Users need to fill out a form to get in touch with the brand directly if they are interested to learn more about the product.
Another big player in the league of design resources, archiproducts offers designers with a broad catalogue of continually updated product data sheets.
This impressive roster of product data is complemented by project case studies, allowing users to see the real-life application of furniture, lighting, and materials.
However, prices are not shown upfront and, just as 3D files, must be inquired through a webform. There's also no indication of lead times.
How Clippings makes finding furniture easier
Clippings, on the other hand, offers instantly purchasable inspiration. Our online catalogue includes thousands of products from hundreds of contemporary design brands. Registered users will not only see the RRP, but also the minimum trade discount they receive upfront. Each product page states standard lead times, and 3D models are available to download for many items.
With Clippings, the catalogue is only the starting point, as we support the entire procurement process – from researching products to installing them on site. Users can create projects on the platform, which enable them to set up boards to organise and compare shortlisted products visually. They can also add items from any website to a board – including the databases mentioned in this article– via our browser extension or desktop upload.
Clients working on larger projects can also partner with our procurement experts and project managers They can help with everything product-relates, from translating a loose creative brief for a space into a detailed furniture scheme or suggesting alternative products if the FF&E budget has suddenly changed.
The team can source literally anything for your interiors and will also manage all suppliers. They can organise deliveries according to your project schedule. Throughout the project, you will only need to talk to Clippings colleagues, instead of chasing brands or finding an installation partner.
You can learn more about how interior designers, architects and procurement companies use Clippings to deliver projects here.
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