The ongoing revival of MCM design has been largely kept alive and fresh with the help of home furnishing retailers. These companies have helped preserve and even shape the current modern movement. The following furniture and décor retailers have been particularly influential, keeping a keen eye on the trend and producing beautiful products accordingly.
Crate & Barrel launched CB2, its brand of affordable modern home furnishings, in 2000 with its first store in Chicago. The retailer carries quality minimalist and industrial modern pieces. Their designs are fresh, subtle and sophisticated. Many of CB2’s couches, chairs and beds seamlessly blend a mix of inviting comfort and coziness with MCM aesthetic – a challenging task.
If you like CB2’s designs but can’t spend the big bucks, consider taking a trip to IKEA. The most affordable on this list is also the most popular in the furniture market. Due to IKEA’s minimalistic design, the retailer’s modern furnishings can easily be blended in with furniture and décor of almost any other style. IKEA’s products are made to ease into any gap in an already furnished room.
Online furnishings purveyor Froy offers fresh takes on MCM style. Froy’s design blog also keeps mid-century modern enthusiasts abreast of trends within the movement. The retailer provides on-trend furniture and décor, not necessarily specific to modern style. Being that MCM is in vogue, their online store is full of fantastic modern designs reminiscent of the iconic designs of the era but at seriously affordable prices.
Online and brick-and-mortar furniture retailer West Elm was founded in 2002 in Brooklyn by Williams-Sonoma, Inc. The retailer offers mid-century modern inspired pieces at reasonable prices. West Elm offers artisan-crafted works, many of which are locally sourced. Those that aren’t locally made are likely to come from fair trade factories abroad. That’s modern with a good conscience!
Founded by Rob Forbes in 1999, Design Within Reach is just that – accessible quality modern furniture. The company provides authentic reproductions of iconic mid-century modern pieces from beloved designers of the era, including Eames, Knoll and Saarinen. You’ll pay a premium for each piece, but then they are the real deal. In a sense, Design Within Reach isn’t so much leading the MCM Revival; rather it is extending the initial modern movement of the 1950s and keeping it intact.
If you’re looking for high quality modern furniture with an extra dose of craftsmanship, then Scandinavian Designs is the retailer for you. Their higher price points are worth it for the level of detail and beauty you get with each piece. After all, the company states that Scandinavian design is really more of a lifestyle than just a style of design.
The mid-century modern inspired branch of Wayfair, LLC. was launched in 2006. All Modern strives to provide more accessible MCM furnishings to design enthusiasts. Their pieces are affordable and make a statement. Their Scandinavian-inspired pieces are particularly enticing.
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