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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

a short tour of the 2013 Michigan Modernism Expo (Status: a small but mighty expo)

I was chained to my booth but I dashed off for a couple of minutes here-and-there to shoot a few quick snaps of some booths that were near my own.  The Michigan Modernism Expo was about 2/3 the size of the 20th Century show in Cincinnati but it boasted lots of high end furniture, a number of clothing dealers and a significant amount of Art Deco.  My pics may not give a full picture of the show but they should give you a taste.

Here are a few pictures of booths

I really dig the giant promotional pictures of cowboys at this booth
One booth had six framed collections of intake black and white photos from San Quentin ($400 each)
My neighbor, and a heck of a nice guy, was Steve-o-tomic; he makes mid century inspired wall art.  I really should have taken some more pics of his work, it is fantastic!  Very colorful and retro-tastic (just don't say it looks like the Jetsons).  Here is a link to his web site:
Here are a few pieces of furniture that caught my lens

Milo Baughman.  Looks so comfy, it was priced at $375, I was tempted to see what sort of dealer to dealer price I could get.
 Finn Juhl "Japan" chairs
 The lucite chairs are Laverne "Lilly" chairs ($4000 ea-gulp!) the blue/green settee and ottoman is Paul McCobb Systematic group for Widdicomb ($3400)
 George Nelson daybed ($800)
 I didn't get the maker of this table
 A womb and a Papa Bear making quite the color statement together
 These stacking tables are quite striking with their differing wood tones
 The sofa is by Milo Baughman ($1800) nice travertine surfboard table too
 And another travertine surfboard style table
This "desk in a box" folding desk was one of my favorites (only $675, I think they have something similar at Restoration Hardware for much, much more)
 It even has a built in light
A taste of the Deco
 Loved this Deco bar!
Here are a few odds and ends that tickled my fancy

This dealer brought this bent plywood sculpture and sculptural table from Montreal
 Some neat andirons ($295)
 This chrome and lucite ball shaped phone was in the booth across from me and was whispering for me to buy it all show (I resisted)
 A bowling alley score table just waiting to be a robot sculpture
There was some Heywood Wakefield

And these chairs... well, more on them later. 


  1. Love those Finn Juhl Japan chairs! I met Steve-o at the Denver Modernism show a few years back. He really is a super nice guy.

  2. Dag. That show looks great! Thanks for all the pics. I bet you had a fantastic time. Now you got me wondering how hard it is to put together a show / sale like that here in St. Louis MO! It ain't like we don't got a healthy cadre of small independent "dealers" here already AND St. Louis is just about the same distance from everywhere else!