Best Mid-Century Furniture: Online and Offline

Best Mid-Century Furniture: Online and Offline

Sarah Coffey
Dec 24, 2009

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Looking back on the last decade, mid-twentieth-century furniture seems like it's never been more popular, and there are a lot of options if you're looking to buy reproductions or vintage originals. Here are some of our favorite sources.

New (Reproduction) Mid-C

  1. Eames Office (California/Online): When Charles Eames died, his firm died with him, but the remains of all his work lie carefully tended to by the Eames Office in Los Angeles. Much more than a store, it's a library, museum and resource of great value.
  2. Design Within Reach (Various Locations): Started by the San Francisco modern furniture mafia in the late nineties, DWR is an easy modern antidote to Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel when you need one.
  3. Room and Board (Various Locations): Anchored in American-made, handcrafted furniture that is made to last, Room & Board showcases an assortment of quality pieces.
  4. Circa 50 (Vermont/Online): Circa50 entices customers with an updated account of what is available for immediate shipping, FREE shipping and an enormous range of upholstery options.
  5. Hive Modern (Portland/Online): We find their website to be very accessible and easy to navigate. The prices are pretty much full retail, and you can also search by manufacturer or designer. A great store.

Vintage Mid-C

  1. Modern 50 (Virginia/Online): Their web catalog features carefully curated, beautifully photographed vintage finds that range from mid-century to Bauhaus styles with an industrial edge.
  2. Home Anthology (Maryland/Online): Home Anthology is a mid-century modern fan's fantasy — a huge warehouse filled with furniture, home accessories, and lighting all in excellent condition.
  3. Retro @ Home (California/Online): Retro@Home specializes in Scandinavian and American mid-century furnishings, textiles and decorative arts. Owner Val Ibardolasa has a practiced eye for this era and continually refreshes the showroom with new pieces.
  4. Shag Midcentury Modern (Portland/Online): If it were possible to play out one-of-a-kind Danish and mid-century modern finds (and we dare you to try), Shag would be the Top 40 station to do it.
  5. Reside (Boston/Online): Reside's collection is constantly evolving and the first floor alone could keep you busy for an hour — but don't leave without visiting the clearance basement! Just keep in mind that their definition of "clearance" differs from, say, IKEA, but if you're searching for great mid-century pieces that need a little TLC, you just might find it down there.

Photo: Modern 50

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