Ahead by a mid-cen­tury

The Coast - - SHOPTALK -

“I love stuff,” says Mark Shae, one half of Ret­ro­spekt, mid-cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture store and 166 Ochter­loney Street’s new­est ten­ant. “Ev­ery­body needs a hobby I guess but it’s cer­tainly turned into a lot more than that.” A col­lec­tor with an eye for de­sign, Shae teamed up with Val Pla­van about a year ago to thanks to a shared ap­pre­ci­a­tion for post-World War II pieces. “We’ve been at it for a lit­tle while so we’ve been able to de­velop re­la­tion­ships with pick­ers,” Shae says. “Though some of the best finds we’ve been able to find are in Nova Sco­tia, ev­ery month or month-and-a-half we rent a 16-foot cube van and head out of province.” Af­ter a year of find­ing, re-fin­ish­ing and re-hom­ing the gems they col­lected sans show­room, the pair set­tled on down­town Dart­mouth, in the for­mer lo­ca­tion of Frost­ing

Cake & Event De­sign. And with ren­o­va­tions be­hind them, Ret­ro­spekt opened its doors last week. “Val knows the prod­uct—it’s un­be­liev­able the amount of knowl­edge he has, he’s taught me a lot about the prod­uct it­self,” says Shae. “In the late ’40s, early ’50s, even ’60s, the fur­ni­ture was made so well and is so solid. A lot of times it just needs some love. We bring it back to life.”

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