Originally Posted by Douglas
I don't "get" any of this modern stuff to begin with from an aesthetic standpoint but if I am to take the general explanations I hear around here about approaching problems afresh given modern materials and manufacturing techniques, a 12-16 week lead time flies in the face of all of that.
Not to sidetrack, but how does lead time impeach the stated objective of modern design?
For the larger companies, it just has to do with how they prioritize competing levels of demand. Our Cappellini lounge chair is probably going to take four freaking months. I'm not happy about it, but when you specify a particular iteration out of thousands of different fabric, finishing, and configuration combinations, that's what happens. No one else is ordering that exact chair. On the other hand, if I wanted the same chair in plain black, I could probably have it in hand by the end of next week.
Then there are smaller companies like the one that makes the coffee table we like. They simply do not keep stock of anything. They produce to order. So, naturally, you have to wait.
Gome's chairs are a special case. Magis is a major manufacturer and distributes through Herman Miller in the U.S. However, the Trattoria chairs don't seem to really sell here, so it's not a situation where Herman Miller is going to keep dozens in stock and ready to ship. Why are they taking so long to get from Europe? Well, Italy shuts down for the entire month of August, so that doesn't help. Beyond that, it could just be that they happened to have sold out their existing stock and need to wait until the next production cycle to make the next hundred, or thousand, or whatever.
In contrast, if he wanted a Saarinen table, he could have it at his door in a couple of days.
Anyway, I guess I don't really find any of this surprising. I've been desensitized by multi-year long waits for pents.