I love rooting through saless like this one. And for me, even cooler that this one took place in my home state of Indiana. In fact, I used to live not far from this location, at 75th and North Keystone, approximately.
You don’t have to smoke to find a Zippo lighter useful. I still have a couple left over from my smoking days. And adjusted for inflation, this price may be cheaper than what I paid back in the day.
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Another great looking version of the iconic Florence Knoll chair.
Design enthusiasts have long been fans of Midcentury Modern. And since the 2007 debut of the hit TV show “Mad Men,” with its glamorous Midcentury offices and living rooms, the (younger) masses also have begun to recognize the look as timelessly chic.
In the Melrose District on Seventh Avenue in Phoenix, a hub of stores is emerging that specializes in all things Midcentury Modern, from coffee tables to credenzas.
In part, it’s because the clean-lined furnishings of the 1950s and ’60s still fit today in our more downsized, simplified, less ornate lives.
Plus, Midcentury Modern is just cool.
Why, yes. Yes, it is. And if you live in Phoenix, here is where to find it.
Lots of good stuff on craigslist today – almost too much to post! We found some great mid-century modern pieces under $100 in downtown Chicago, Andersonville, and the Ukrainian Village. If you’re looking to outfit an apartment in retro furnishings, today’s the day to start hauling in some good finds.
craigslist, as well as sidewalk and estate sales, and often result in some amazing finds. Many of my personal pieces come from those sources.
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Mid-Century Modern | Apartment Therapy New York
This just in: New York City no longer center of world. As rents go higher (despite economic dips), and civilized people crave the country life, furniture stores have proliferated more and more outside of The City. As reported by Craig Kellog in The Times, the modern furniture mafia is moving out too. “Jonathan Gallin, a former photo stylist in New York, moved to the Catskills three years ago with the idea of building houses ‘in the style of Richard Neutra,’ he said. Instead, he rented an old luncheonette, and transformed it into a store called Mid-Century Modern. Mr. Gallin sells classics by Knoll, and vintage pieces, to urban refugees like Chandra North, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Pottery planters in white or celery glaze start at $125.” MGR
Looks like a good shop.
San Francisco was mad for midcentury modern furniture way before Mad Men. While that may not make it easy to find Danish teak diamonds in the rough, our ’60s style obsession means plenty of specialty shops designed to feed your Eames jones.
Shopping for a new addition? Follow this route from Market Street to Valencia to hit up some of the city’s best midcentury modern home stores.
Start at Modern Artifacts (1639 Market St., 415-255-9000), at left, a deceptively large two-story emporium in the furniture mini district around Market and Van Ness. Specializing in postwar furniture pieces from Arne Vodder, Hans Wegner, and lesser-known (and less expensive) names, this well-priced and well-designed shop also offers a large selection of accessories.
I’ve been to all of these places. She’s right: It’s hard, but not impossible, to find MCM originals “in the rough” on your own. It’s doable, though. I’ve had a few Goodwill finds, but had better luck with Craigslist. The shops tend to be overpriced, in my estimation, although they’re good as a last resort, or if you have money to burn, or if you’re just looking to fill one or two holes.
openPR) – (Boston, MA) Reside, Cambridge’s premier source for Mid-Century Modern furniture and design, announces the opening of their second location in Boston’s South End. The new Boston furniture store, located at 1409 Washington Street, is a destination for original vintage furniture, design, lighting and home accessories. The new location features iconic works by some of the 20th Century’s best designers and manufacturers such as Dunbar, Herman Miller, Nakashima, Vladimir Kagan, Milo Baughman; hard-to-find, out of production pieces by design titans like Knoll and Eames; and stylish pieces by lesser-known designers. In addition to Mid-Century Modern, the store also offers affordable, stylish Machine Age, Danish Modern and later 20th Century design. The South End location is open Sunday & Monday, 12pm – 6pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. For additional information, please call 857-350-3594 or visit www.ResideInc.com.
Michael Brown is the new kid on the block in The Plaza District with his shop, RetrOKC, 1609 Blackwelder in the Geraldine building. And, like a few of the district’s other store owners, his is a live/work space. The store is up front and his personal quarters are behind the showroom.
Looks interesting. If you’re in Oklahoma City, check it out.
Antique & Modern furniture lovers searching for a new haunt, look no further! Stuff, an Antique- Modern Collective is opening on Friday, February 11th at 11am with Grand Opening festivities proceeding throughout the weekend. Located at 150 Valencia Street in the well-known Cottrell building, Stuff has 8,200 square feet of industrial, loft-like space housing over 25 dealers.
Stuff is the new venture of owners Will Lenker and James Spinello who formerly ran the beloved Aunt Bill’s Antiques in Rockridge. Aunt Bill’s was recognized by aficionados as one of the most well stocked antique and collectible stores in the Bay Area. “We have been wanting to open an Antique Collective for years and finally found the perfect space on Valencia Street,” says Will Lenker. “With over 25 dealers selling everything from mid-century modern furniture to Art to small collectibles, we love that there’s something for every style and taste.” As an added bonus, famed floral designer Ron Morgan has the coveted window location and displays an impeccable array of treasures.
Stuff is open daily from 11am-9pm and is one of the few retail locations on the street to boast ownership of a parking lot. Located near a host of great restaurants, it’s a great spot for the after dinner crowd to peruse. “We feel very fortunate to have the group of dealers we do at Stuff. We got the best in San Francisco and the new items coming in daily are amazing,” says owner James Spinello.
Stuff will officially open on Friday, February 11th at 11am. Stuff is on the web at www.StuffSF.com (site under construction until February 11th) Until then, Stuff can also be found on Facebook at Stuff SF or Twitter at StuffonValencia.
I work just a few blocks from this spot. I’ll walk over and check them out, then post a review.
Recently I took a drive down 7th Avenue in Phoenix to explore all the cute shops that line the road between Indian School and Camelback Roads. Among the many shops I ventured around in was the ever so cool Retro Ranch, an antique store that specializes in mid-century modern furniture and vintage clothing.
A retro sign pointing to Retro Ranch. Photo by Chelsea Brown.
From the roadside, Retro Ranch, which is nestled in-between a drive-thru liquor store and a tiny side street, gives off the impression that its small shop might not offer much, but in reality the tiny store is jam packed with antique treasures that would make any dorm room, tiny apartment, or spacious home feel more in tuned with the vintage way of life that many people are digging these days.
But this looks like a cool store to check out.
Craigslist as Mid-Century Modern Showroom: Two Sellers Who’ve Got What You Want
Chicagoan Jared Peterson is profiled as a picker’s picker on the back page of the Fall CS Interiors. Mid-Century modern collectors trust his refined eye and years of practice sizing up the good stuff.
Where can you find him?
I’ve done a fair amount of flipping on the SF Bay Craigslist, and I used it – along with haunting estate and garage sales – to build my own personal collection of MCM pieces. If you’ve got a good eye, and keep at it – that means you check the listings every day (search on “eames” as well as “mid century modern” – and by specific designers as well) – you can do reasonably well. One of my best finds occurred after a search that didn’t include any normal MCM terms. I searched on “three arm lamp,” and came up with this:
For 75 bucks. At the time, First Dibs had one listed for $1600.
Located on nearly an ACRE, comprised of four dividable lots, this property was the longtime residence of William Holden. Holden spent 18 years in this home, many of it with Stephanie Powers, but Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn also spent time here before Tippy Hedron became its owner.
If you’ve got the bucks, you can rest your rear in front of the same MCM fireplace William Holden did.
Mid-century Modern Shopping Guide, Mid-century Modern Stores
Here’s a pretty good list of shops specializing in Mid Century Modern items in regions all across the country. If you see one near where you are, go check it out and post your review here!
In the six years since Kathleen White Almanza and her husband, Maurizio, opened the first Eccola, a Los Angeles store specializing in midcentury modern furnishings from Italy, they’ve moved twice, expanding and remodeling each time.
Every time the cultural powers-that-be declare mid-century modern to be passe, somewhere a business specializing in the architecture or artifacts of the period opens or expands. There is a reason for this: no period in history has created a more dazzling panoply of purely beautiful – and utilitarian – style.
Mid Century Modern Atomic Indy: Mid Century Modern Chair Score
When you score, you score.
BAZ has a nice list of San Francisco MCM shops, too:
Mid Century Modern Atomic Indy: MCM Furniture San Francisco Bay Area
Includes one – Farnsworth – I haven’t been inside yet myself.
Apartment Therapy DC | Crate and Barrel Living Room – $700 Washington DC Scavenger
The lousy economic climate is putting a lot of good stuff on the auction block at very attractive prices.
My son has just had his first birthday and I was thinking of using some of the money he got to buy a child size Eames rocker for his bedroom as I have seen various other designer chairs in mini sizes. But I can’t find one. Anyone got any ideas?
Sure. I dunno if Herman Miller ever actually made any, but you can get one from Vitra that looks pretty good today:
Lushpad – Pair of 1961 Charles & Ray Eames La Fonda Armchairs.
These chairs have never been my favorite Eames pieces – something about them makes them seem as if they were put together using leftovers from other projects – but compared to a lot of the dreck flooding the so-called “modern” market today, they are still works of genius. These have been at Lushpad since mid-summer, priced quite reasonably at $700 for the pair. I’m surprised somebody hasn’t grabbed them. As I say, they are fairly hard to come by.