Sad but true. The O.C. is just not hipster friendly. No matter how much we beg to disagree.
I have been running back and forth to L.A. nearly every weekend for a few months now. I thought it had come to an end after last weekend's DwellonDesign show. Then they sprung it on me. A couple of organizations were hosting an event called Downtown Modernism. Heck yeah, I'm in.
A new online resource for "curated" (man, I love that word) collections of vintage, modern and etc, FleaPop, was the main sponsor of this physical pop-up shop of vintage modern artifacts. FleaPop is kind of like Craigslist and eBay with an Etsy flare, strictly for design objects ... with the dealers centered in the Los Angeles area. Awesome...
FleaPop had a couple of vignettes at the show promoting their new site. According to their press release "Think: the community of Etsy but more curated, and the diversity of Craigslist without the creepiness."
The entire event was held at the Modernica factory, on perhaps the hottest day of the year. Honestly, my sweat was sweating. But a cool looking factory building, yes?
Modernica had a "that's incredible" Bubble Lamp display.
And, Modernica showed the Eichler fiberglass chair press in action. It was pretty interesting.
And finally, the stuff. Oh the stuff. As far as the eye could see, cool collections of vintage mid-century modern objects d'art and furniture. First off, the apology. I did a poor job of collecting the names of the shops I was photographing. Most were small, niche shops and didn't have signage. It really was kind of a flea market. And it was super hot. And we were moving fast. This post from Modernica mentions many of the dealers. And I will drop a name when I am positive. If you see your stuff in this post, please identify your shop and I will go back and properly credit the pictures.
On with the eye candy. Honestly, everything was represented.
There was a ton of collections of old patio furniture, powder coated fresh and restrung. I absolutely loved all of it. Next time I buy new patio furniture, I am getting some of these pieces. So clever and really fresh.
Cool desk with a mosaic top.
Many pieces had been meticulously restored. If I had a spot, I would have bought this restored orange desk. Prices were not crazy at all for the quality represented.
This picture was really tempting.
These look like old pool benches or dock seating. Awesome on a patio.
The famous bench.
I have one of those chair identification posters from Jennifer Renninger. But this pair isn't on it.
Easy... an Eames plywood chair. For a really good price.
This fixture was sure tempting. All my favorite colors.
A rare Bitossi planter. Be still my beating heart.
I think this cool end table was with #Modernica.
As were these chairs.
A Knoll wire table.
Quintessential mid-century modern acrylic grapes.
I loved this patio set. All re-done and ready to go. The chairs were nice and solid and the circle design on the sides is a great element.
And, I'll leave you with this darling beverage cart.
You are probably wondering what I bought, as by now, you know me too well. Hint, it is in the pictures above. I'll post in a few days. You know, after the fireworks are over. Happy 4th and stay thirsty my friends.
-------------------------------------------------OH... and if you missed my post a few days ago, I am giving away this awesome Halsea tote and clutch.
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