Retro Revival: Modernicus

Furniture fads, like fashion, are cyclical. Vintage pieces from 1960s Danish designers such as Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl are back in style. But where to find them?

Try Modernicus, a 1,200-square-foot showroom in the Mount Vernon Antiques Center in Alexandria. Owner Robert Chapman stocks the store with a changing selection of American, Danish, and Scandinavian furnishings from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. The company started as an online venture, and Chapman still does a good bit of Internet business through eBay and Craigslist.

On sale now are a set of four teak spindleback chairs from the 1970s by Danish designer Folke Palsson ($800); a 1960s light-blue ceramic lamp from American firm Marshall-Martz Studios ($735); and a 1950s secretary from Danish designer Børge Mogensen ($935).      

Modernicus  | 8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria | 703-887-0895

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