Last night we went to an insider’s gala to preview the Modernica Factory Sale, which is a once a year kind-of-a-big-deal sorta thing. People come from all around the country to get their greedy, mid-century loving mitts on furniture priced 20-70% off. We had planned to wait in line with everyone else on Saturday, but then we got an email saying that because we subscribe to their mailing list we can bypass the line and check out the sale early. Sure, why not.
I’m so glad we went early, because no furniture is worth waiting in line for, even if it is drastically marked down. Don’t think that means we came home empty handed. In fact, we came home with a Case Study storage unit that we thought would fit in our bathroom. We were pretty thrilled with our purchase until we got it home and realized that our guesstimate of the amount of space between the toilet and sink was totally off. Rookie mistake, but lucky for us we have plenty of walls that need filled.
The really cool thing about being at Modernica’s factory was to see how the fiberglass shell chairs are made. This year, attendees were treated to a first-hand look at the production of the chairs. They use the original machinery that the first Eames shells were produced from back in the 1950s. That means our vintage chairs were made in those very machines! Pretty neat.
ad detail for General Electric Sunlamp, 1959
“Put on your summer suntan NOW with a G.E. Sunlamp!”
DWR Presents: Jens Risom
Running into legendary designer Jens Risom in the halls at Design Within Reach is just one of the many great things about working there. This DWR Film lets you experience the wit and wisdom of the modern master, as he speaks with us about history, parachute straps, and, of course, chairs.