Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wegner's Ox Chair: What Do YOU See?

When Hans Wegner debuted his Surrealism-inspired Ox Chair, I wonder if he meant for it to be the furniture equivalent of an ink blot test.  Though named after the Ox in Picasso’s revolutionary mural, Guernica, there are countless other animals and objects it resembles to each person glancing at it for their first time.  One person might see a reindeer while another sees a hammerhead shark and still another sees an ant.

What does this all mean from a psychology standpoint?  I have no idea and I’m not even going to try to guess.  I imagine a designer as brilliant as Wegner intentionally designed this piece to be interpreted differently by the individual, thus making it personalized before even sitting in it.

Our Ox Chair Reproduction honors the same dimensions as the original with a variety of colors choices of our top-grain and 100% aniline-dyed Italian leather.  We use a high-density foam cushion over a molded fiber-reinforced polymer internal shell and stainless steel legs to ensure ultimate comfort matched by its durability.

You can check it out along with everything else we offer by visiting any of our three showroom locations in BellinghamChicago or Dallas!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Closer Looks: Our Exhibition Daybed (Barcelona Couch Replica)

Shortly after Mies van der Rohe had launched his wildly popular Barcelona Chair and Ottoman, he revealed his Barcelona Daybed in 1930.  True to form, it was again met with a booming popularity that has remained unwavering in years since thanks to the modern elegance it radiates and translates well into any style setting.  In 1953, architect Philip Johnson famously requested one for his New York apartment.

The Modern Classics Barcelona Daybed Replica honors the dimensions of the original model with your choice of a 15-inch or 18-inch seat height.  Our stainless steel legs offer a much higher level of durability than the mild steel and chrome plating on the original to endure everyday foot traffic.  With 17 leather colors to choose from, this daybed is the perfect addition to any room!

Come check it out at any of our three factory showrooms in ChicagoBellingham or Dallas!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Perfectly Planned PK25 Lounge Chair

It is not very often a school project becomes an icon of modern design, but that is exactly what happened when Paul Kjaerholm turned in his final graduation project in 1951: the PK25 Lounge Chair.  Beginner’s luck you might be thinking?  Maybe a little, but as his prolific career designing modern furniture proved many times over, we was truly a genius craftsman with a penchant for innovation.

His original PK25 Lounge Chair was made using a single sheet of steel and a metal saw to carve the chair’s pattern before bending it into shape.  This was a new technique at the time, but with vast technological advances since then, we are able to use modern laser cutting equipment on our PK25 Lounge Chair Reproduction.  After we carve the pattern we use hydraulic brakes to bend it into shape.  Overall, our method is a much more efficient (and probably safer) method than Kjaerholm’s, although considering he did not have the options we have today, I admire how he well he made use of the limited resources in 1951.

You can check it out, along with everything else we have to offer, by visiting any of our three showroom locations in ChicagoBellingham or Dallas!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BRNO Chairs: Those Curves Are Key


On Mies van der Rohe’s famous BRNO Chair from 1930, his use of cantilevered strength found throughout his design was a popular structural feature in design at the time, not to mention essential to the chair’s stability.  The front curve of the arm and slightly curved sled base were carefully designed to work in conjunction with each other, placing the center of gravity where it belongs: in the center!

The one consistent flaw in replicas made by other furniture manufacturers makes is failing to employ the curves Mies originally designed, thus shifting the center of gravity forward and causing the whole chair to tip forward (which kind of defeats the main purpose of a chair, eh?)

Our meticulous adherence to the original design is what gives our version the stability it has and is what sets our BRNO Chair Replica apart from the rest.  Our version is made to the same specifications as the original, including the front arm curve and slight cantilever on the sled base where only four points are touching the floor, thus offering the same stability as the original model.

You can come check out erverythign we have to offer in person by visiting any of our three factory showrooms in ChicagoBellingham or Dallas!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Originals, Reproductions and Knock Offs: Here's The Difference

Originals, knock offs, and reproductions: oh there’s a difference.  If you have ever mistakenly called our pieces the latter, you already know because you endured my lecture clarifying the differences  (I’ll let it slide....the first time).  

At Modern Classics, we manufacture and sell modern furniture reproductions (yes, WE make what we sell... one defining difference between us and other furniture sellers)  and if you are wondering why this difference is important, here's a brief explanation of each:

Original Brands: These are almost priceless pieces of iconic modern furniture (but there is a price on them, a shockingly high price), dating as far back as 80 years and are mostly found in museums or private collections.  If you see these in someone's home, please, for the love of furniture, do not spill. 

Reproductions: Made to the same specifications as the originals and, in our case, at a fraction the price.  Having the liberty to use the highest quality materials we can access today thanks to the advances in modern technology means our furniture can stand the wear and tear of everyday use and offer an unprecedented durability.

Knock Offs:   These are often labelled as inspired by the originals and are made from inferior quality materials, deviate quite a bit from the original dimensions and exhibit careless craftsmanship.  This is how they can be priced as low as they are but their inferior appearance is instantly obvious.  Churning out their products this way exhibits a disregard for values set forth during the modern era make these an insult to the original designers and therefore not worth dwelling on any further.

Come check out all we have to offer for yourself by visting any of our three showroom locations in