Maxwell Ryan
Jul 29, 2005

AE just wrote in asking why the hell we hadn't reviewed Modernica yet? Very good question, since it's a go-to shop and niche killer when it comes to Mid-C design.

Born in LA selling vintage Mid-C pieces, Modernica soon ran out of the old stuff and started building new versions themselves.

They continue to sell great reproductios of designs by Eames, Noguchi, Nelson and others AND allow you to mix and match finishes, colors and bases (We won't get into the numerous dustups we heard they had with the Eames Office and Herman Miller over the years). Quality is excellent and prices are good. Stores are now in LA, NY and Chicago.

We really like the new Dowel Base Eames design fiberglass shell chairs that you can mix and match yourself ($350) and the Case Study Shelving ($665-$1,600) which comes in many different variations. MGR

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