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As you can see from the increasing number of online markets for design-heavy furniture and home decor, “design porn” is a thing. But much of the merchandise you see from shi-shi foo-foo designers at sites like Anthropologie is ridiculously expensive. (Please see: Let’s Make Fun of Anthropologie Furniture) But why buy new when you can buy used for less?

That’s where New York City-based Viyet comes in. Because viewing design porn often leads to purchasing, and because the purchasers often shed their furniture so that they can buy even more furniture, there’s a thriving used market.

And some investors see it that way too. Viyet has raised a $1.5 million seed round from VC firms F Cubed and Metamorphic Ventures, along with a group of angel investors.

Viyet plans to use the money to expand its consignment services to additional cities, improve tools for designers, and make key hires and investments in operations, marketing, and technology.

“There are very few ways to easily sell and buy high-end designer furniture and accessories online,” says Viyet CEO Elizabeth Brown in a statement.  “Those that love design can buy fabulous pieces at prices 40-80% below retail prices and be inspired by our featured designers.”

Since launching in April 2013, Viyet has sold pieces from lines like B&B Italia, Cassina, Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt, Ligne Roset, and Mies van der Rohe.


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