Chicago, IL and online
European Furniture Warehouse has a sprawling 3-floor showroom on Grand Avenue, filled with contemporary pieces by Blu Dot, Amat, Magis, and other designer furniture manufacturers, as well as replicas of mid-century modern pieces...
The store has been in business since the 1940s, with an emphasis on Italian imports. They sell both to the trade and to walk-ins.
Prices for contemporary designer pieces are on par with or sometimes below other modern dealers. Unlicensed mid-century replicas are made in Italy and generally priced at 1/3 to 1/2 of authentic reproductions.
The staff is helpful and straightforward. When we asked about manufacturers and designers, they were well-informed and happy to talk with us. They're also very up-front about the sticky issue of replicas vs. authentic pieces.
Prices are listed online, and EFW's inventory is huge. Click here for a list of manufacturers. They also carry a wide range of upholstery options.
For more information, visit EFW's website.