Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Lesson in Modern History

Gustavian Painted Bookcase

I recently came across an ad for a furniture company based in High Point, North Carolina called Modern History.  I am a big proponent of classic furniture styles, whether they be antique or good quality reproductions.  I was curious about the line so I went over to their website and took a look around.  I fell in love with some of their pieces. 

Inlaid half-moon console

This line is a wonderful collection of reproductions with a modern, updated feel.

Leather-wrapped Server

I can see all the pieces in the collection looking fabulous being mixed with other more clean-lined upholstered furniture and modern art.

Japanned half-round cabinet

Many of the case goods in the line are chinoiserie-inspired painted pieces.  The finishes are beautiful.

Painted Gustavian Chest

A problem with many companies who manufacture reproduction type lines is the fact that their entire lines are often a boring parade of brown-stained pieces.  Modern History, on the other hand, has a very nice mix of stained, inlays, painted and distressed, and japanned designs to offer.

Classic Regency-style console

You can never go wrong with a clean-lined classic look like this.

Japanned Concave Chest

This chest would be a beautiful statement piece for a foyer or entry.

Scandanavian-style painted console

This painted console would be great mixed with so many of the gray-washed pieces on the market right now.

Painted Gustavian-style concave bedside table

This liitle bedside table would be at home in so many different styles of rooms.

Modern History is definitely on my favorites list now.

Go over and check out their website,

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