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White furniture: is it a fad?

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We're seeing much white furniture (lacquered wood especially) coming out from manufacturers these days. Do you think it is a fad or a rather a timeless proposition of modern design? Historically, when did it appear? I don't remember seeing much white furniture in stores - or in people's homes - when I was young and carefree.
From a consumer point of view, white furniture is attractive and versatile at first sight; Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau and other makers all have solid offerings in this field; but I don't want to shell out haunting sums of money for a design that will be dated in a few years. I don't even know if white lacquered wood still looks good (not yellowed? not dirty?) after some time. Are my concerns justified?
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It comes and goes, but has been present in modern furniture as long as their has been modern furniture. The Barcelona chairs made for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona world's fair were made in white pigskin.

I enjoy natural color leather best, but I have a few pieces in black and a few in white that I enjoy. No real sense in worrying about trend in furniture that has been around for over 100 years, just enjoy and pick what you like.
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