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Clawson consignment shop all about mid-century modern

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Bloomfied Hills resident Loren Weiner isn’t just passionate about mid-century modern design. She jokes she was reincarnated from the 1950s.

“It’s been my passion since before I was born,” Weiner said. “It has always been my dream to have a place to go every day and wear my vintage clothes surrounded by mid-century modern furniture and art.”

Now, Weiner’s dream is being realized. On Friday, Weiner officially opens ModMart, a 3,000-square-foot resale and consignment shop on 14 Mile in Clawson that sells exclusively mid-century modern furniture, lighting and accents. A grand opening for the store, which also includes a workshop to repair and reupholster mid-century items, was held last week.

Weiner’s partners have some deep design roots in the Metro Detroit area. They are Dan and Brian Laundroche, the great-nephews of mid-century designer Harry Bertoia who studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

“They obviously have a very creative bloodline,” said Weiner.

ModMart is just the latest example of growing popularity of mid-century modern design, especially among millenials.

Art Van Furniture earlier this month unveiled its new Modern gallery, a 4,000-square-foot space in its Warren store previously occupied by Paul’s TV. The sleek, bright gallery features mid-century inspired light fixtures table, and furniture. Modern pieces will soon be available at all Art Van stores.

Art Van spokeswoman Diane Charles says design styles are cyclical. What was popular in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s is hot again.

But Weiner, who previously repaired and restored vintage items with her business Loren Weiner Re-Designer, believes it’s a trend that never went away.

“It’s certainly more of a trend with (shows such as) ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Astronaut Wives,’” said Weiner.

Michael Wright, a former interior designer who specialized in mid-century modern design and lives in a mid-century house in Huntington Woods, says there’s a reason it’s still popular.

“It’s clean, simple, classic,” said Wright. That “never goes out of style.”

And at ModMart, located at 932 W. 14 Mile east of Crooks, that style is ubiquitous. There are fuzzy foot stools and funky light fixtures. Weiner calls their inventory the “creme de la creme” of everything from the 1950s through the ’80s. Prices range from $10 to $100 for smaller accents, to more expensive Danish modern furniture.

“Our little strip in Clawson is like a one-stop shop for designers and individuals that want to purchase for their home,” said Weiner.

“It’s not IKEA, but true mid-century modern.”

mfeighan@detroitnews.com

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ModMart

ModMart, 932 W. 14 Mile in Clawson, is a mid-century modern resale and consignment shop. It also restores and repairs vintage items.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday.