Tonight, Modern Artifacts, a Carytown store that celebrates the beauty of modern handcrafted objects and the artists who make them, is opening their first pop-up shop with a spirited reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
This pop up’s all about Era vintage, and Modern Artifacts has stocked their “shed,” a brick-walled back gallery, with a plethora of amazingly priced vintage pieces from local collectors Diana and Carla Mathews. Items that will be featured include vintage — and not just midcentury — chairs, sofas, hutches and lamps.
Pictured are two compelling examples of why you'll want to swing by and see Era’s items in person. (Right now, the shop, which is in Chester, is strictly online.) The avocado-green chair, a modern office chair made by United Chair Company, is upholstered in naugahyde and boasts dark-walnut arm rests. It’d be a funky addition to any work space, and it’s hard to resist at $40. The tiered sofa table for $135 is also a catch. Its molded wood and metal frame make it unusual, and the glass peek-through window gives it lots more interest.
The owners and curators of Era, Diana and Carla Mathews, will be at the pop up’s launch party. (Have you seen the photo-laden article on Diana and her home in the current issue of R•Home? It’s a great look at Diana's style and a great way to learn about her favorite finds and family pieces.)
“When we opened, we included a collection of vintage pieces that complemented the modern handmade housewares, gifts and art works we offer in the shop," she says. "These pieces were very well received, so we have continued to include vintage furniture and housewares in our offerings.
And the items featured in the pop-up shop are truly “priced right,” and as I’d add, likely to move and move fast. I’d be sure to drop by tonight or get in soon. With cool vintage lamps — you’ve got to check out the gypsy-ball one with its tall mock-croc shade for $35 — or the set of five golden yellow vintage steelcase chairs for $125, competition for buying is sure to be tough.
The pop-up shop will be open through Dec. 31