Mod50s Modern

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I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for mid-century modern. If I didn’t own a furniture-eating collie mix, I’d fill my house with Eames and Saarinen and Nelson and Noguchi.

Such a move would be unfair to both dog and furniture, so — with great effort — I forced myself to keep my credit card in my purse during a recent trip to Mod50s Modern, 2921 E. 15th St.

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One end of Mod50s is set up as an art gallery, featuring furniture and visual art by the late J. Jay McVicker. I was particularly taken with this colorful 3-D piece (below, center):

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The McVicker collection also includes several pieces of furniture, including the green sofa and clear lucite chair pictured below:

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In addition to the McVicker pieces, Mod50s has — among other things — several Eames tables and chairs, an assortment of vintage smoking accessories, a 78 rpm record player, and an old Vespa.

The prices are not cheap, but they are reasonable (I could have picked up a set of four Eames dining chairs for $1,100 — and probably would have, if not for that chair-eating collie problem), and the owner seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his product.

I could go on and on about how fabulous the furniture was, but there are really only two kinds of people in the world: those who get mid-century, and those who don’t. If you fall into the latter category, there’s no point in wasting words trying to explain it to you; if you fall into the former category, you want to see pictures, not listen to me wax poetic about the days I spent curled up on an Eames couch at my hometown’s city library as a child. Either way … enjoy these photos. If these aren’t enough, and you can’t make it to Tulsa to wander through the store with your head full of mid-century daydreams, click here to see Mod50s’ eBay store, where you’ll find more images.

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Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Grades:
Service: A
Value: A
Product: A
Convenience: B
Overall: A

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~ by redforkhippie on March 1, 2007.

4 Responses to “Mod50s Modern”

  1. Wow! It looks like the store has been cleaned up (and by cleaned up I mean organized) quite a bit since the last time I was there.

    I could spend ages and thousands there looking around at all of the gorgeous mid-century finds. And, thanks to your review, it is likely that that is exactly what I will do some time in the near future.

  2. Thanks for the review. I hadn’t been there since it was decco to disco.

  3. Do you carry any vintage lunch boxes that are in good shape? And if not, do you know who would in the Tulsa area?

  4. Sara: I don’t recall seeing any vintage lunchboxes at Mod50s, but you might call the store and ask. This is just a review site and doesn’t have any connection to the store (other than the fact that I like to shop there), so I can’t really answer your question.

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