Vanities through the ages were a staple for the upper class. The style of the vanity changed with the fashion. Along with Louis XV and Louis XVI, Art Nouveau and Art Deco vanities are plentiful in antique stores. The fabric covered, skirted, kidney shaped vanity was popular in the 50s and peaked in the 60s. At that time, the vanity fell out of favor due to the rising use of built in cabinets. Today, there is a resurgence of the vanity, but not as a vital piece of furniture. The vanity is more of an accent table placed in the bedroom or bathroom suite. Catalogues such as Horchow Collection and Ballard Designs sell different types of vanities for the more budget minded.
Currently, I am designing a bedroom for a 15 year old girl. When asked what she wanted in her bedroom, the first item she mentioned to me was a vanity with a mirror and a chair. Her mother balked at this request, but I honored the teenager's wish and she will be getting her vanity after all.
A modern vanity, accented with pink prints - this is an example of a non-working vanity.
A rendering of a Charlotte Moss bedroom. Skirted vanity is placed at the end of the bed instead of a bench.
Californian designer Madeline Stuart places a vanity in the bathroom.
Picks from 1St Dibs this week - Vanities:
Mirrored vanity with Tiffany blue interior.
And lastly, for the budget minded, Horchow Collection's version of vanities: