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Where to find the best furnishings from HIGH to LOW
Ravenswood Antique Mart
4727 N. Damen Ave.; 773-271-3700
SAVE As any design junkie can attest, it’s still possible to find genuine midcentury modern treasures at a thrift store. But you’d need to have hours to kill and a keen eye for quality to rummage through the piles of junk. Or, you could simply trot into Ravenswood Antique Mart and browse the delightfully undusty, well-organized, top-shelf selection and leave with a beauty. Granted, the prices are not low—the furniture prices rise into the thousands—but affordability has become a relative term now that the style has exploded in popularity over the past five years. We saw a Scandinavian Overman sofa, restored with new upholstery, for a jaw-dropping $2,500, but shopping for decorating ideas is, of course, free.
516 N. Wells St.; 312-595-9320
SPLURGE Swedish modernism has no greater friend in the city than Svenska Möbler, Andrew Wilder’s jewel-box boutique in River North. The selection, personally imported by Wilder, who makes frequent trips to Scandinavia, is remarkable for its breadth—from Biedermaier to art nouveau and art deco—while remaining shoppably trim. We spotted a pair of high-backed chairs by the legendary Swedish designer Carl Malmsten ($8,900), in spectacular condition and redone in luminous gold silk, and an adorable set of two curved “crescent moon” chairs for $5,700. Wilder is also known for his love of Argentine functionalism, a South American modernist movement from the 1950s and ’60s, expressed groovily by his black-leather tubular rocker ($2,900).