Hands down BEST auction house to get your Mid-Century Modern furniture*

March 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Posted in decor, design, mid-century, modernism | Leave a comment
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And no, it’s not eBay.

In my attempt to be a minimalist (amongst the many piles, haha) one thing I can’t stop doing is reading shelter magazines and blogs looking at mouth-wateringly awesome ideas to furnish my home. We’ve stuck to a pretty strict classic-mid-century-modern decor with the smattering of IKEA closet structures and kitchen essentials. I had been hearing about Richard Wright’s premium mid-century auction house called Wright 20 that he runs out of Chicago over-and-over as Daryle and I frequented our favorite modern furniture shops around town. So finally I took the hint and signed up for Wright 20’s auction emails just to see what it was all about.

There, photograph after photograph, the most perfect original you-name-it piece staged in perfect lighting, showing the viewer (moi!) what I can’t live without, if I were ahem, a millionaire*. Yeah, this stuff is the opposite of affordable. But it truly is for the most part, one of a kind, iconic, and in the mint-est of condition: mid-century sofas, credenzas, chairs, pendant lamps, tabletop pottery, you get the picture. So while it is the auction house for let’s just say The Elite (Daryle tells me Brad Pitt, a self-defined modernist bids on auctions frequently), it’s fun to dream and get ideas from. A lot of similar styles are available at your local modern shop for much cheaper, they just require a diamond-in-the-rough eye to get a sofa re-upholstered (yes, I watch HGTV) or a sideboard spiffed up with some teak oil, and it could work nicely in your own home. At least, that’s been the way Daryle and I do things.

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