For the Love of Mod
For many of us who love Midcentury Modern design, it was the furniture that first caught our eye. Somewhere along the line a crisp edged credenza or a Formica-topped kitchen table won us over, and nothing has been the same since. Be it the piece you scored at a flea market years ago, the coffee table lovingly handed down from Mom or the dream piece you saved up to buy—every piece of furniture has a story. By cleaning it up and giving it another home, you are inserting yourself into its story as a new chapter. Are you the chapter where a colorful Blenko collection gets displayed on a hutch’s shelf? How about the chapter where a table is reunited with its coordinating chairs?
No matter what your chapter is, when we give new life to vintage furnishings, they have a unique way of bringing new life to our homes.
This issue brings together homes that have experienced that very thing. In Kansas, a curated home features a life-long collection of mod furniture (page 26), while in Seattle a family isn’t afraid to mix retro furnishings with kids and pets (page 36).
In further celebration of the impact furniture has on our homes, we’ve taken a close look at the companies that are creating the heirlooms of the next generation (page 54). Plus, peek into a carefully preserved mid mod home in Utah (page 60), as well as a modular kitchen from Kerf (page 22), and pick out a few fresh finds for your own home (page 16 and 18).
Sarah Jane Stone