As the standard for most furniture becomes high quantity rather than high quality, the only way to compete is to adapt to a mechanized production method with extremely expensive cnc machines (or cheap labor). So you have a computer programer designing the furniture then programing the machine to perform the tasks, and once the initial investment of programing has been made you can mass produce whatever you have designed. Sounds great doesn’t it. But it doesn’t seem like the culture even considers the importance of having the simplest skills to create the basic necessities of life, its viewed more in terms of, if I tried to make this table for my home it will cost me x amount of money for materials and THIS much time to build it, so it is WAY cheaper just to buy it from the local retail furniture store.
We live in a consumer culture, where the cheaper the product is the more it will sell, and that mentality can only lead to compromised quality. The average durability of a dining table lasts between 5 to 7 years, because it has been designed and BUILT to be bought again, to “help keep the economy running”. But furniture is not supposed to be disposable, it should be built to last for generations.
The attention to detail, solid wood and real joinery in a true craftsman’s furniture, is what sets him apart from the overwhelmingly saturated market of mass-manufacture fiberboard, glue and stapled constructions we call furniture. Which unfortunately doesn’t last longer than 3 years on average.