Sofa by Organic Modernism

Modern Furniture from Small Shops & Innovative Makers

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I primarily write about writing, publishing, and literature. But my secret passion is for design, and I’ll confess that I spend countless hours tracking down great designs from high to low. I especially love small furniture and design shops, where the makers put their personal stamp on every piece. This week, I’m focusing on small makers of beautiful modern furniture.

Organic Modernism (Brooklyn)
I came across this shop while reading a Remodelista piece on, ironically enough, custom cabinet fronts for Ikea kitchens. Images from the featured home (by Smitten Studio) showed a couple of beautiful wooden stools, which were attributed to Organic Modernism.

Smitten Studio home tour, via Remodelista

On Organic Modern’s website, I found all sorts of amazing pieces. Here’s the one I’m dreaming of, modern shelves in a mix of walnut and candyesqe brights. At 94.5″ wide, these gorgeous shelves won’t fit against any wall in my house, but if they would, I’d have to tie myself to a chair to avoid clicking the buy button.

Multi-colored shelves with Walnut from Organic Modernism

The shelves are $1,995, and you can buy them here.

I’m also in love with this modern sofa, made of a walnut frame with fabric upholstery and seat back. The extension rising up out of the back makes it look as though the sofa could up and fly away. This is a statement piece, unlike any sofa I’ve ever seen. In my home, we’re blessed with floor-to-celing windows that I’d be crazy to cover, so we keep our seating low profile in order not to obstruct the views. But if you have a central spot in your home crying out for both a practical sofa and a conversation-inducing statement piece, here’s your solution.

Modern walnut sofa from organic modernism

The sofa is $3,995, and you can buy it here.

Our final item is this beautiful credenza with a walnut frame. This is Organic Modernism’s take on a sophisticated mid century modern classic. At $2,995, it’s in the same price range as credenzas by the big chain stores.

Mid century modern walnut credenza by Organic Modernism

Buy the credenza here.

If you prefer vintage, there are a lot of great mid century modern finds at One Kings Lane, like these Burke chairs in white and yellow, and, below, this beautiful mid-century modern teak credenza.

Mid-Century Modern Burke Chairs, S/4 – $1,295.00

Set of four Mid-Century Modern fiberglass tulip chairs by Burke. Lovely contrasting white frame and yellow seat. Chairs swivel.


Mid-Century Modern Teak Credenza

from: One Kings Lane

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Antique stockings & vintage holiday decor

Make your December merry and bright with these antique French Christmas stockings. The linen stockings date from the 19th century and are in excellent condition. A beautiful bit of holiday cheer to hand down to the next generation.

Mercury glass is always beautiful, but it’s especially fitting for the holidays. This mercury bottle would look beautiful on a holiday table.

This vintage silverplate candle shade will add sparkle to your table or mantle.

A vintage sled makes an interesting addition to a family room wall, or propped against a roaring fireplace. This sled from One Kings Lane was¬†manufactured by the Winner Manufacturing Co. of Trenton, NJ in the 1940s. It has original patina and manufacturer’s label underneath.

Shop this and other vintage holiday decor, and receive $15 off a purchase of $30 when you sign up with One Kings Lane.

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Great Design for Kids – Modern Kids Bedroom

One of the things I love about modern design is the sense of negative space, the clean lines and fluidity of a sparsely outfitted room. A modern design aesthetic works especially well in a kids’ room. Clutter creates chaos, while minimal design creates a sense of calm that’s good for kids’ brains, as well as their bodies. While it’s impossible to keep a kids’ room spotless, a clean desk makes an inviting space for homework and projects, and a well-made bed makes the whole room feel more restful.


Donald Table, Dark Blue – $179.00

from: One Kings Lane

Kids room tip: Since most kids don’t need tons of space for their clothes, the closet is a great place to store toys. For my son’s closet, I bought a sturdy plastic shelving unit and a few canvas bins to hold toys, balls, costumes, and lego boxes. Hanging racks at the top hold shirts he doesn’t wear often or that aren’t good for folding. The majority of his clothes are in a simple wood dresser.

Toy storage tip: Instead of making sure every toy has its place (a losing battle), have a couple of areas in the room to corral toys. Your child should be able to do a 5-minute pickup by piling toys into a toy box or bins. I love this hot pink trunk–which adds a lot of color to a kid’s room while keeping mess hidden away.


Toy Box, Hot Pink – $239.00

from: One Kings Lane

Starting today, One Kings Lane is launching multiple sales on great gifts in toys and design for kids.

Sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more.

Go here to shop the Gifts for Little Ones sale.

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