NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 1stdibs, the leading global marketplace for collectors and dealers of beautiful things, today introduced a new category featuring contemporary design from the world's leading makers, galleries and dealers. The online destination includes items proudly made today by the world's most inspiring craftspeople, artisans and studios, offered both directly by them and through a handpicked selection of galleries and dealers. "Over the last few years we've seen an explosion of craft and boundary-pushing design, and with it has come a growing admiration and appreciation for artisanal values and contemporary design," said David Rosenblatt, CEO at 1stdibs. "This category marks the next step on 1stdibs' continued evolution to sell a range of products that meet our customers' diverse palates. Our goal is to make 1stdibs a destination to satisfy today's appetite for vintage goods as well as eclecticism and stylistic mashups. Contemporary pieces expand on our ability to do that by bringing together antiques and vintage design with modern aesthetics for a marketplace that honors the past, while welcoming the future." Curated by 1stdibs, the Contemporary category highlights luxury furniture and objects that are one-of-a-kind or produced in limited quantities by both recognized and early-career designers. The pieces reflect a distinct vision and point-of-view, making creative use of materials to reinvent the past and create a new future. The category features over 7,000 items attributed to over 1,300 creators and offered by over 200 makers, contemporary galleries and dealers. "1stdibs is one of the premier platforms for design; being part of such a curated and elevated community of design is an asset to our brand and sales," said David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect. "As one of the first contemporary galleries to be included, we are honored to be part of the growth of the new category." Robert Kuo, the artist and creator behind his namesake brand, adds, "The emergence of contemporary as a recognizable design category makes it an exciting time to be creating in this space. Designers like myself are using our vision and skills to create distinctive pieces of art, and 1stdibs is helping us reach receptive audiences interested in building their own contemporary collections." Recognition of contemporary design as an art form is expanding throughout the world, driven in part by a growing passion for the designs themselves and the stories behind them. Today's luxury consumers desire more information about the pieces they purchase, including who created the piece, the creation process and the materials involved in the design. 1stdibs' Contemporary category brings together the makers, their designs and their stories in a single location to give buyers a holistic view of the product they're considering. Design enthusiasts can explore maker stories in 1stdibs' Introspective Magazine and then browse and purchase pieces on 1stdibs.