"When I first started hearing the term mid-century modern I was sort of thinking oh yeah mid-century: that was a long time ago," says Alan Wilson, the owner of Granville Street's Industrial Revolution, the specialty furniture store that sells newly made mid-century-inspired pieces, among other styles, and has witnessed its rebirth in popularity in the 34 years he's been in business. "And then it dawned on me," says Wilson, "that I'm mid-century modern!"
Uncomfortable with this trend at first, Wilson and his staff had no choice but to embrace it as the majority of his clientele are urbanites living in condos and this style of furniture helps maximize smaller spaces, while adding simple glamour.
The sofas from this design period are generally smaller and lower to the ground and, like the desks and dining tables, they have plenty of room underneath them; so make a place feel spacious.
These pieces were designed to be multi-functional (with hidden storage) and versatile. So many of the desks and dining tables have tops that extend and sometimes swivel to provide more surface space and then slide away to become invisible. Most importantly, says Wilson, this furniture fits into elevators and down the increasingly narrow corridors of apartment buildings.
"I had no idea how small things were actually going to become," says Wilson. "If someone had told me back then (when he opened in 1981) that people were going to be living in three or four-hundred (square) foot condos I don't think I would have believed it."
Smaller, says Lillian Reimer, who has owned and run Commercial Drive's iconic Attic Treasures, which specializes in original mid-century modern furniture and accessories, for more than 25 years. "I get people in here saying 'I've got two-hundred and fifty square feet, what do I do!"
What she does is keep a steady supply of mid-century modern nesting tables, which come as three small separate tables that fit together as one when not being used; so they're perfect for cramped quarters. The Scandinavian designers of this period, like Fritz Hansen, Hans Vagner and Peter Huidt, she says, created pieces that were easy on the eye, with so much air around them they did away with the feeling of clutter.
Reimer's is a family-run business, with her brother handling all the furniture restoration work, her sister the website and social media and her mother the cooking. Her customers come from all over B.C., Seattle, Alberta. "Even Surrey!" she laughs, as she shuffles aside to make way for a film crew hauling a teak and teal mid-century sofa out of her shop to be used in the feature Into the Woods, being shot locally. Reimer supplies a lot of mid-century modern pieces for B.C. film productions and has been featured at the BC Home & Garden Show.
Mad Men she says is often on people's lips when they come into her shop. So much so she's named a line of scotch glasses after it and they're a bestseller.
The mid-tone woods used (often teak or walnut) in mid-century modern pieces really appeal to Vancouverites, says Reimer, because they're warm, and along with the popular orange and teal colours of the period, they offset this city's long, wet and grey winters.
"I would say single-handedly Mad Men made probably the most dramatic impact on the love of mid-century modern," says Jenny Cashin, the owner of Mid-Century Modern Home in the River Market on New Westminster Quay.
Like Wilson and Reimer, Cashin's vintage stock caters heavily to the booming condo market. "When people have smaller spaces they want more stuff out of sight," she says. "So that it doesn't feel cluttered and overwhelming. Mid-century sofas can be picked up with one hand to vacuum under."
Space saving features like the mid-century Danish sideboards that were originally designed for dining rooms, are now being used in all rooms for things like mounting widescreen TV's - as the sliding fronts allow the components to be tucked out of sight, she says.
Cashin says the green aspect of buying vintage is huge for her B.C. customers, and feels there is nothing greener than buying something that has proven its durability over 60 years and looks brand new when restored often allowing her customers to chose their fabric before reupholstering a piece.
Added to this, she says, these pieces have resale value, which make them good investments and heirlooms if they wish to pass them along.
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