The Brooklyn furnishings sport sleek, sculptural forms are as cool today as they were in the 1940s and ’50s. Here’s where to find them.
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In Williamsburg head to Open Air Modern, founded by Matt Singer, whose obsession is 20th-century American and Scandinavian design. There you’ll find a well-curated inventory of stylish originals–from designers like Hans Wegner, Charles and Ray Eames (above) and Peter Lovig Nielsen–that have been beautifully restored. Singer is also happy to offer advice on furniture restoration, consult on which era-appropriate fabric works for an upholstery job, or just chat about design.
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Over in Greenpoint is Adverts Vintage & Modern Furniture, helmed by husband-and-wife team Peter and Scarlett Magnotta. Launched in 2012 as on online retailer, Adverts opened a Bond Street location the following year, which offers an ever-changing inventory of carefully chosen vintage furnishings and decorative items sourced from estate sales, auctions and stores along the East Coast, including midcentury modern gems. Recent offerings include a Thayer Coggin swivel tub chair by Milo Baughman and a George Nelson Select Flock of Butterflies Tray Table by Herman Miller (shown).
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Those seeking affordable, well-made midcentury modern-inspired furnishings should visit Organic Modernism in Williamsburg (with additional locations in Chelsea and TriBeCa). Among the offerings are Scandinavian-inspired pieces like the comfortable Ella sectional sofa with elegant tapered brass legs and the head-turning Siena 5 tall bedroom dresser with walnut drawers, lacquered frame and leather pulls. One of the company’s newest additions, its Miami 2 Credenza (above), combines a solid American walnut frame with either maple, white oak or walnut drop-down doors to make a dramatic statement in any room.