October 1, 2010MCM Home Improvement: Danish Furniture
By Sablemable aka Jan
I know it’s way past beginning my New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve suddenly been empowered to start making decisions on colors, furniture, etc. for my MCM home.
Danish furniture is so MCM correct and furnishing my living room with it is one of the decisions I’ve made. But finding the exact style of Danish furniture used back then either too expensive or non-existent. I’ve searched Ebay and Metro Retro and frankly, with their prices, I could do without. I once missed out on a set of vintage Danish, sans cushions, that was posted on Craigslist for 50 bucks, but I had no way of driving up to Kalamazoo. Fudge. Haven’t seen any more Danish listed since.
I did find one online store, www.urbanoutfitters.com that offers what they call Mid-Century Modern furnishings and decor and low and behold, here are some vintage-style Danish pieces.
The armless sofa comes in black fleck, charcoal and pistachio for the cost of $480.00.
The loveseat comes in a choice of chartreuse and sky (blue) for $398.00.
The rocker is offered in a variety of colors; taupe, robins egg blue, carbon, lime, peridot and pinot. The price tag is $288.00.
The armchair only comes in gray and is priced at $288.00.
Well, okay, nothing matches at Urban Outfitters, but then I remembered this catalog I’ve been receiving since the late Seventies. Genada Imports out of Teaneck, New Jersey sells the vintage-style Danish furniture, brand spanking new.
Here are a few of the pieces they sell.
I haven’t learned yet how to magnify the images here, so I’ll have to fill in with text what you cannot see. The fabric choices for the sofas come in a heavy tweed fabric in gold, toast, olive, blue, orange, black and red. You can also have the cushions covered in a vinyl in tangerine, black, gold, blue and olive. If you’d like something in an animal print, for a bit extra, there is leopard, zebra, tiger and ocelot fabrics. Genada Imports will even go the extra mile and customize your cushions with fabric you send to them. All of the details are included in their catalog.
The prices for the armless sofas, or divans, are from $189.95 to 199.95. The sofas with arms range from $229.95 to 239.95.
You can also get replacement cushions and rubber strapping for chair bases at low costs.
Now the bummer: there is no web site or telephone number for Genada Imports, only a POB address. You may write to them at Dept. H-9, P.O. Box 204, Teaneck, New Jersey, 07666. I have been receiving their catalogs every other year for over 30 years, so they still must be in business. My last catalog was for the 2009 buying year.
Do any of you live in the Teaneck area and know if Genada’s is still operating?