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High-end Black-owned furniture and design store opens in SouthPark

  • April 24, 2024

SouthPark has a new resident: a Black-owned furniture store called AFD.

The furniture store – which rebranded from Amodernary Furniture Design – is now open at 4425 Sharon Road, Unit M100, in Apex, a shopping area in SouthPark.

Carlos Fuller, owner and CEO, told QCity Metro he hopes the store will become the city’s premier choice for modern furniture and home interior design.

Inside AFD SouthPark. April 2024. (QCity Metro)

Focused on design

Fuller, 43, left working in the finance department of automobile sales in 2017 to follow his passion: interior design.

When he began searching for options furniture, he said he found “very minimal” options in Charlotte. This inspired him to open a furniture store.

He launched his company in December 2017 and opened its initial physical space in Charlotte’s South End at 201 Worthington Avenue the following year.

Over the last six years, Fuller and his team have become popular for home staging, redesign and finding staple modern pieces for people’s homes.

Inside AFD SouthPark. April 2024. (QCity Metro)

Modern furniture style, he said, “is trendy, but not.” He noted that while many of the styles are considered popular and trending today, the modern style is long-lasting regarding appeal. Something that might be selling well now will likely still be relevant in five years, he said.

In March, Fuller closed the Worthington Avenue space to relocate to SouthPark, where Amodernary Furniture Design rebranded to AFD SouthPark, and moved into a larger, custom-built space.

AFD, he said, carries more than 60 brands, many of whom are international designers and experts in modern furniture styles. Fuller said the majority of his store’s inventory hails from Italy and Spain, with a few U.S.-based designers from places like Colorado.

“I’m constantly looking for some of the nicest and the hottest modern furniture

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Here’s Everything a Midcentury Modern Living Room Needs

  • April 15, 2024

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There’s a reason why midcentury modern design is perhaps even more more popular today than it was when it emerged in the late 1940s. It’s a hodgepodge of other design styles: Take the warmth of Scandinavian design and the industrial materials of modernism, infuse them with a fascination in the space age and the optimism of the postwar boom, and you’ve got it. In its heyday, from the late 1940s to the 1960s, the midcentury modern design style turned out unique silhouettes and hopeful, futuristic concepts for interiors and architecture that people still covet. If you want your home to capture the era, we think the room you likely spend the most time in—your living room—is the best place to start. Plus, some of the most iconic midcentury modern pieces are sofas and seating. To help you kick off your decorating project, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite midcentury modern living rooms for inspiration.

Thankfully, finding affordable midcentury modern furniture isn’t too difficult. Many items from the period are still in production, and you can find good-quality pieces in the style of the originals. Browse estate sales and online auctions, and you can score vintage gems that will make you the envy of your design-loving friends. Besides specific pieces, which are usually organic in shape with sharp details, there are certain colors and accents—like martini olive green and wood paneling—that scream midcentury modern and will look great in your living room.

If names like Eames and Bertoia and Wegner get you excited, scroll on to see designer midcentury modern living rooms that will persuade you to give in and fully embrace the aesthetic. There’s no reason not to—this design style

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Best place to find actual and affordable modern furniture and accessories

  • February 27, 2024

I stumbled into Velvet Goldmine, at the corner of Division and Damen, after failing, for the second time, to outlast the breakfast line at Kasama, a few blocks south. (That’s another, less happy, story.) It was August and witheringly hot outside, but inside this vintage building with its Moorish fantasy keyhole windows, the vibe was as cool as the welcome was warm—more Mad Men than Ziggy Stardust to my eye. Owner Jon Gorske is happy to chat or to let an obvious “just-looker” like me browse his ever-changing stock of actual and relatively affordable midcentury modern furniture and accessories at her own pace. As is Ella, the waggy part-pit bull greeter in the lamb suit. 

During the week, Gorske scours the countryside, rounding up well-used Scandinavian imports and American MCM pieces, and works at restoring those that need it to their original (mostly) woody splendor. The Wicker Park store, which has been there since 2015, is open weekends (check their Facebook or Instagram page for news and updates). And now, one weekend each month (usually the second), shoppers can also browse their Pilsen warehouse space at 329 W. 18th Street, along with spaces housing a cluster of other vintage dealers in the same building. The Velvet Goldmine mother lode on display at the warehouse last month included a Danish architect’s drafting desk and a set of Norwegian nesting tables, both in glowing teak, and something I would have purchased if only I had the Playboy Mansion parlor for it: a major statement coffee table of curving glass with a formidable driftwood base.

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These Mid-Century Modern Furniture Pieces at Amazon Will Instantly Elevate Your Home for Under $100

  • February 3, 2024

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If you’re drawn towards furniture pieces that are minimal, clean, and bold, then look no further than the mid-century modern style. With functional designs that easily complement various interiors, it is likely to suit the vision you have for your home, and Amazon has tons of finds under $100.

Whether you’re looking to create a warm, neutral living room or hoping to add a single, new item to your bedroom, there are a variety of versatile furniture pieces to choose from. Coffee tables, accent chairs, nightstands, and other finds are all available in Amazon’s Mid-Century Modern section. Several of these pieces come from recognizable brands like Christopher Knight, mDesign, and HomePop, and many are on sale too for up to 50 percent off.

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Mid-century modern furniture tends to include brass accents, making this gold end table the perfect addition to your living room. The small

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Why furniture prices are falling amid ongoing inflation

  • January 20, 2024

After skyrocketing price increases over the past few years, furniture retailers are seeing a pandemic recovery slump amid ongoing inflation. Lazzoni Modern Furniture analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to see what’s behind the fall.

According to the Department of Labor, market inflation rose to 5.3% in the 12 months leading up to August 2021—it was a huge leap, considering inflation spikes had averaged around 1.7% over the prior 10 years. The pandemic wrought massive shipping and supply issues, creating supply chain disruptions. The expensive costs that manufacturers and sellers had to cover due to these supply chain disruptions—combined with the profit loss they needed to make up for—led to increased prices of goods and services, fueling high inflation.

A McKinsey & Company survey found that, by the end of 2021, most companies experiencing supply chain challenges had increased their inventories, meaning businesses spent more to stock up.

Economic challenges resulting from the pandemic heavily impacted furniture prices. Since 2019, furniture prices have seen massive changes: Prices jumped significantly in the 12 months ending October 2021 as the world grappled with the COVID-19 outbreak (12%) and, by August 2022, had outpaced the growth rate of market inflation, according to an analysis of year-to-year BLS data.

However, as the U.S. economy entered recovery in 2023, consumer spending slowed while housing prices soared, which caused a ripple effect on the housing market. Subsequently, furniture retailers experienced drops in revenue, leading companies to slash product prices to make sales.

Even as the pandemic-induced inflation has cooled, sticker shock often plagues consumers who still remember pre-pandemic prices. That’s because prices tend to be “downwardly rigid,” Mike Konczal, Roosevelt Institute’s director of macroeconomic analysis, explained to Vox, meaning companies that raise their prices don’t usually lower them again.

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New York Modern, U.S. Premier Furniture Wholesaler Prepares For A Grand Opening

  • November 18, 2023

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New York Modern is the leading US-based direct-to-consumer furniture brand helmed by seasoned furniture enthusiasts and specialists, boasting over two decades of combined industry experience.

New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – November 16, 2023) – NY Modern is pleased to announce its Grand Opening ceremony.

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NY Modern Furniture is a US furniture brand committed to innovating and pushing the envelope in the modern furniture space. Harnessing decades of combined experience and an unbridled passion for all things furniture, NY Modern strives to deliver exemplary service and products to each customer.

Based on a concept that does not rely on intermediaries, NY Modern Furniture embodies what direct-to-consumer brands are meant to do – focus on building quality furniture pieces and enabling consumers to order them at competitive prices.

“As a factory-direct company, we have eradicated the need for middlemen. We’re an online business, and without the expense of maintaining a physical showroom, we have further savings, which we pass directly onto our dear customers,” said Mike Ford, NY Modern’s spokesperson.

The company is gearing up for a Grand Opening at the very heart of New York City. As Mike Ford, NY Modern’s spokesperson underscored, the “bustling energy, timeless style, and iconic architecture,” of the Big Apple has led to the decision to launch the brand at the source of inspiration for NY Modern creators.

“New York City, the fashion capital, is our muse. We are endlessly inspired by its pulsating energy, its iconic architecture, and of course, its timeless style. Yet, we also understand that the New York lifestyle can often come with a

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Why does furniture fall apart so easily?

  • September 29, 2023

Years ago, furniture, like dressers or dining tables, was built to last for generations. Now, you’d be lucky if a bookshelf could survive a move. Why doesn’t modern furniture last as long as it used to? According to Washington Post reporter Rachel Kurzius, it starts with industry practices to raise profits. 

“Cheap manufacturing practices have conditioned consumers to expect that furniture should be inexpensive and fall apart in a few years,” Kurzius writes. “So not many shoppers are willing to pay for good quality even when it is available.”

She talks with “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal about modern furniture’s decline in quality. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: Not to put too fine a point on it, but what did happen to furniture in this country?

Rachel Kurzius: Well, Kai, it’s not great. I think anyone who’s purchased new furniture recently can tell you that often, it just doesn’t last very long. It used to be made out of solid wood. It used to be made out of domestically produced plywood. And now we’re seeing more particle board, we’re seeing worse quality plywood. And that has an impact on how wobbly the furniture is. Because things are designed to be put into pieces, they often end up in pieces as well.

Ryssdal: It used to be that the great state of North Carolina was a furniture hub in this country, right? Great stuff would come out of there, well-made by artisanal craftsmen and people who knew what they were doing. All of which is to say this is kind of a labor story too.

Kurzius: This is absolutely a labor story. And I think that it comes back to the idea that as soon as distance no longer became part of the equation, as

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Midcentury modern design in 10 essential pieces | Entertainment News

  • September 16, 2023

Decade after decade, midcentury modern design continues to appeal. The New York Times noted a resurgence of the style in 1998. Nearly two decades later, there came another wave. Fast Company deemed it the “pumpkin spice latte of interior design.” It’s a style “Mad Men” popularized in the current century; its designers—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and more—are named in reverent whispers among design circles.

Even casual design fans have likely heard the phrase “midcentury modern design” before. It is an influential design movement that became popular in the United States in the mid-20th century. Heavily influenced by German Bauhaus design, the midcentury modern aesthetic favors clean, simple craftsmanship using a blend of natural and human-made materials.

Although the style’s heyday is roughly placed from 1933 to 1965, it truly took off post-World War II, an era soaked in optimism, first with the Allied victory and then eventually as the U.S. set its sights on space. Because of the war, the U.S. became a production powerhouse, and output from mining, construction, and manufacturing doubled between 1939 and 1944. As soldiers returned home to rebuild their lives, the need for housing and furnishing increased, fueling designers (many of whom were émigré) to turn to the latest technologies developed during the war and to the global influences for inspiration.

Interestingly, midcentury modern wasn’t born until 1984, when author Cara Greenberg coined it for her book “Mid-century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.” Since then, midcentury modern has become not just a style, argues Fast Company, but a “byword for ‘design’ itself,” or perhaps just taste.

So, which furniture pieces are essential to the era? Singulart used historical information and context from museums, experienced furniture resellers, and designers to compile a list of

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25 Midcentury Modern Furniture Pieces That Will Always Be in Style

  • August 15, 2023

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If you’re in the market for retro-feeling yet timeless home design, perhaps no style is as enduring–or as worth the investment–as the best midcentury modern furniture. This period of design, which began post-World War II and continued into the 1960s, is identifiable by its soft-edges and functional style. At the time, craftspeople, architects, and furniture designers were looking for a way to create new and innovative pieces that leaned minimalistic, using materials like wood, vinyl, and glass to create organically-shaped furniture. Rather than the angular shapes and straight lines that were seen before, midcentury modern furniture embraced funky seating, rounder tables, and unusual shapes. This era of design has continued to be popular today in part because of its balance of utility and eye-catching details.

Whether you’re in the market for a new comfortable couch or an angular bookshelf to store your coffee table books, midcentury modern furniture may be the best choice for you. These days, many luxury furniture brands create pieces that replicate the style, with a fresh twist. If you’re committed to the genre, you can also find iconic designs from the time period that are still being made today, such as the Eames Lounge Chair. No matter which room in your home you’re designing, there is a midcentury modern piece that will fit perfectly.

Here, shop the 25 best midcentury modern furniture that will instantly elevate your home.

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New Jersey business owners buy midcentury furniture straight from homes in Denmark

  • August 11, 2023

The credenza in the back of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van groaned as Lars Balderskilde drove through the woodlands near Vejle, Denmark, a city on a fjord about 2 1/2 hours from Copenhagen.

It was late January, and after passing a lake filled with swans, Balderskilde stopped at a house where he picked up an old bar cabinet that he paid for in cash. Then came stops at other homes to collect nesting tables and a mirror. The sun had set by the time he met Nina Toft and Grethe Kock, two sisters, at the home of their mother, whose funeral they had hosted earlier that day.

“It’s always emotional, but you have to let go,” Toft said to Balderskilde, who had come to look at various pieces in the house.

Kock showed him a tiny clay bird that she had made as a girl. “I’ll give you a good deal,” she said, jokingly.

Balderskilde did not take the bird. But he did fill the van with a teak dresser and bookcase the sisters’ parents had owned since the 1950s, a desk, a blue PH 5 pendant lamp and a Le Klint 325 floor lamp, a model originally designed to decorate a residence of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr. He paid the sisters $1,800 for the items.

Toft and Kock had contacted Balderskilde through a website where he offers to buy furniture from people all over Denmark. While lugging the pieces out of the house, Balderskilde told Toft, “I have a boutique in New York.”

The store, Lanoba, is actually in Jersey City, New Jersey, and sells refurbished Danish modern furniture, a minimalist style originating in Denmark that was typically made with natural materials like wood, leather and Danish cord from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Balderskilde, who is Danish, and

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