What does vintage mean?
Vintage refers to both the condition and origin of our furniture. Unless otherwise noted, our hand-selected inventory is comprised of original mid-century furniture, not contemporary re-editions or reproductions. When we use the term vintage condition, we mean that the piece has been cleaned and examined for structural integrity, but all elements fully reflect its age and use. Expect to see small cosmetic flaws and patina - all signs that the item has lived a long, full life.
What does restored mean?
Restored refers to the work done on a piece of vintage furniture to ensure optimal appearance and performance, meaning that each element has been examined for integrity, and repaired or replaced as necessary.
Every piece of furniture is unique and as such will require a customized approach to restoration. Below are the basic processes we go through, but expect that the care will be individually tailored to ensure the highest standard of quality possible. If you would like more information on the restoration story of a particular item in our inventory, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Wood is either cleaned and polished, or refinished. During cleaning, the structure of the joinery is examined, with all hardware adjusted and glue applied so your furniture is stable and sturdy.
Metal is cleaned, and then it is determined if a polished or patinated finish better serves the design. Occasionally, a damaged clear coat will need to be stripped from the metal before polishing. Without this clear coat, most metals will darken naturally as time passes.
Upholstery either needs to be cleaned or redone. If the design is best served by the original upholstery - especially in the case of leather - we have it professionally cleaned. If replacement is called for, we hand pick a natural textile that will showcase the timelessness of the design. We have new, medium-density foam cut for the the cushions and determine whether the support straps (if any) need to be replaced.
What does refinished mean?
Refinishing is a process used to restore wooden furniture. We resort to refinishing in the presence of larger issues than can't be dealt with through cleaning and polishing -- deep scratches, water stains, veneer damage, or discoloring due to age. The piece will be stripped of its old finish, sanded, and repaired. The raw wood is then treated with a stain, lacquer, oil, or wax depending on which finish best suits the needs of the piece. Refinished pieces generally present as new or almost new.
What does patina mean?
Patina refers to the film or sheen that develops on organic materials over time due to their age and use. Patina can refer to the wear on leather, darkening or oxidization on metal, or the dimension and contrast to wood grain that appears over the years. We believe patina is a beautiful reflection of unique history and often choose to leave it intact during restoration. However, if you have concerns about wear, we are happy to work with you to reupholster, polish, or refinish an item for a newer look.
What does ebonized mean?
When we have a piece ebonized it refers to a specific, dark stain applied during refinishing. The stain sinks into the wood’s surface, allowing the piece to appear black, but still showcase the dimension and figuring of the grain. If a piece has been ebonized, it has been refinished.
Is this made of solid wood or veneer?
This question presents something of a false dichotomy since the common fear is that veneer indicates lower quality. In fact, this was the prevailing method of craftsmanship for mid century furniture, wherein a frame of solid hardwood was constructed, and then covered with a veneer (a thin layer of genuine wood) through a technique called book matching, that allows for the beautiful display of wood grain you see on these pieces. The use of solid wood is an equally viable choice - from both a design and durability standpoint - just a different one. Since veneer over hardwood is more common, unless otherwise noted the items for sale on our site employ this technique.
What are your shipping options? How do I request a return?
For all questions regarding our delivery and return policies, please visit each designated page for specific information;
Do you have parking available?
Our location does not have a parking lot, but ample street parking can be found on any of the surrounding side streets. For deliveries, pickups, and quick trips, short-term parking is available just west of our storefront on the eastbound side of Fountain Avenue.
What types of payment do you accept?
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I'd like to rent your items as props for a photo shoot; is this possible? Can I rent your space for a shoot or project filming?
You can find all our information regarding prop and venue rental here;
Are your prices negotiable?
We are open to all reasonable offers. Please provide a starting number and we will work with you from there.
What if I need to see an item in my space to decide if it will work for me?
We offer memo services within the Los Angeles area. Our standard memo period is three days, with a security deposit on file for the full retail value of the item, refundable upon its return. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a memo agreement or further information. Delivery fees apply.
What about restoration or repair services?
Check out the details on restoration here;
Do you buy used furniture?
We are happy to assess your vintage furniture to see if it would be a good fit for our inventory. We focus primarily on Scandinavian, American, Italian, Latin American, and Japanese modern design from approximately 1950 to 1980. If you believe you have something we’d like, please email us at email@example.com with detailed photographs and your asking price. Selling inquiries without an asking price will not be considered.
Can I use your photographs on my website or blog?
Thanks for asking! We own all our photography and are happy to work with like-minded writers, influencers, and content creators to have our images featured. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the images you are interested in and credit us by name (with link for online content).