Category Archives: Home Furnishings – Vintage
I attended the opening of a new shop, Splurge, on Thursday night – a few steps down from the Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District. Though I use the word shop, the experience was that of a gallery given the artistic vision and curated collection of vintage furnishings and curiosities created by the owner, Robert Nicholas, and a handful of his artistic friends. Robert has a distinctive eye for picking vintage objects and crafting light fixtures that defy conventional scale and textures. So, if you have a space that’s beggin’ for a conversational focal piece stop by 123B Roberts St. Bring a truck!
I stopped by to see Otto Hauser yesterday, one of the owners of STUF Antiques on Broadway in downtown Asheville, along with Craig Culbertson. They have a lamp repair shop along with a nice assortment of antiques. We recently had him refurbish two vintage lamps for our contemporary condominium.
While there I couldn’t help noticing that their Mid-Century and Danish Modern collection has been growing over the years. Along with Revive in Biltmore Village, I think they have one of the best curated collections of vintage modern furnishings in Asheville. Craig, who travels the states in search of distinctive pieces, definitely shows a discerning eye. See below for a sampling or better yet stop by 52 Broadway for a closer look. Some of my favorite pieces are not shown here. Enjoy!
Roger and I were on a mission this past Saturday to find a craftsman to fabricate a modern daybed for our office. Chris McMillan’s latest adaptation of his showroom, Dwellings, offers a variety of home furnishing vendors within one store that specialize in eclectic, modern and industrial style furnishings. Not expecting to walk in and find exactly what we wanted, we stopped by to see if there was someone who could make us something custom to fit our specific needs. Two hours later a rental truck was following us home with our new industrial daybed. Cool!
As always, I was impressed with the well curated collection assembled by Chris and others. Its a shopping experience that offers a sense of discovery, an inspiration for good design and great values. (Don’t miss the lamp shades!) If I don’t leave having purchased something I always leave with a smile on my face given my experience as a customer. Haven’t been? Click here for details.
Revive Asheville will be hosting their third 20th Century Modern design open house on July 1, 2011 from 5-10 pm at 178A Westwood Place in West Asheville.
Founded in 2010 on the principle of bringing high quality Modern furniture, lighting and more to the Asheville area, Revive has spent numerous days on the road hand-selecting pieces from names such as Hans Wegner, Milo Baughman, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Knoll, Charles Eames and more.
Revive has been mentioned locally by WNC Magazine, Modern Asheville and other local and regional websites and blogs as a go-to shop for Modern design.
Owner Chris Sabo has a passion for finding, restoring and bringing back to life original pieces of Modern design. “There are a lot of companies now make unlicensed, cheap reproductions of Modern furniture.” Chris said. “Having an original 1950’s teak, oak and brass table designed by Hans Wegner, one of the most well-respected Danish designers on the 20th Century, is a piece that will stay with you family for many years to come.”
Original pieces of quality Modern have continued to increase in value significantly over the past decade.
While out this past weekend scouring for fun furnishings for my new mid-century apartment I was surprised to find more vintage modern furnishings sprouting up in new locations. One location was Oddfellows Antiques at 124 Swannanoa River Road. Owned by Tom and Kelly Haskin they describe their place as a 12,000sq/ft Design Warehouse. Since the last time I had visited they definitely have a great selection of thoughtfully displayed merchandise. I am already looking forward to my return visit!
I had the privilege of touring Kimmel Trading‘s museum worthy collection of 20th century modern furnishings today in their showroom in downtown Asheville. The curator, Mark Field, is an art and design major and was hired by Joe Kimmel to manage his collection among other things. Here is how they describe their collection on their website, “The Kimmel Collection has a rock-solid foundation on which to build, the Kimmel Collection offers a point of orientation and discussion in tracking the evolution of Modernism, which, in itself, is difficult to define. The Kimmel Collection exhibit featured wide ranging American, European and Scandinavian fine art and design spanning 100 years from 1885 to 1985.”
For more information on Kimmel Trading and how to view or purchase from their collection please click here!
After driving to see the Atomic Ranch house on Brooklyn today I found myself in front of another antique establishment. I thought I would pop in and see what they had in the way of mid-century goodies. I was not disappointed. Though not overwhelming in quantity I did find 3 booths with a good share of Eames era furnishings from sleek and cool to kitsch.
Here is what you need to know:
Name: Sweeten Creek Anitques & Collectible
Location: 115 Sweeten Creek Road
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun. Noon-6pm
In continuing our tour of vintage modern dealers we find ourselves at the ScreenDoor in Asheville. With over 25,000 sq.ft. of groovy goodness they feature antiques, new home decor, hand crafted items, books and vintage modern of course. I found two or three booths of authentic modern furnishings, as well as, as few booths that cater to the industrial side of modern. No matter what you are looking for you will find a lot of fun and creative ideas here to affordably furnish your swank pad. Here is what you need to know:
Location: 115 Fairview Road, Asheville
Hours: M-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
In a new series of articles I will be featuring retailers of vintage modern and mid-century (dare I use the word) antiques. As hard as it is for me to say, midcentury is the latest in antique collectibles. For those of us who feel at home in a “Brady Bunch” interior there are plenty of resources in the Asheville area if you know where to go.
I’ll begin with the Tobacco Barn which has 72 antique dealers under one roof. I saw a handful of booths that focused on vintage modern. Here is the information you need:
Name: Tobacco Barn
Location: on Swannanoa River Rd between Biltmore Village and the Asheville Mall
Hours: M-Th 10-6, Fri & Sat. 9-6, Sun 1-6