In the Press: eVolo Visits the Modernica Factory

Modernica was honored to host eVolo Architecture Magazine at our Los Angeles facility for a full factory tour. The eVolo team investigated the manufacturing techniques and historical processes that make our products unique. We were thrilled when the print magazine came out this month with a multi-page feature on our company. Here are a few highlights from the article:

Architecture Magazine

“Modernica started out of the passion of Frank and Jay Novak for mid-century design after purchasing 12,000 discarded Eames fiberglass shell chairs from Century Plastics in 1989 after Herman Miller discounted the line – they also purchased all the original equipment in 2010.

What started as a small operation twenty-five years ago has grown into a very successful company that sells more than 30,000 fiberglass chairs per year, among many other mid-century-inspired furniture and lamps. What makes them relevant is their attention to detail in every piece produced. This is possible because their factory operates like a series of European workshops – small teams of five to ten people that specialize in a part of the process. The workshops are distinct families, each with their own schedule, rhythm, and vibe; we refer to them as such because the atmosphere was that of a family reunion.”   – Carlo Aiello, Editor in Chief of eVolo Magazine

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July 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Arts and Architecture Covers Transport Us Through Time

Although they may not have realized it at the time, many of the designers chosen to design covers for the mid-century magazine Arts and Architecture were of the most influential and legendary designers in history. Even the covers that have no superstar name attached to them are works of art in and of themselves. Let us take a look back at the design and times of the mid-twentieth century through some of our favorite Arts and Architecture covers.

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November 1948 designed by Saul Bass.

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January 1961 designed by John Follis.

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May 1950 designed by John Follis.

April 1964 designed by Ken Chapman.

April 1964 designed by Ken Chapman.


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January 1964 designed by Ken Chapman.


January 1944 designed by Ray Eames.


August 1951, Photo by Julius Shulman.

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April 1943, Designer unknown.


September 1946, designed by Herbert Matter.


May 1943, designed by Ray Eames.

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February 1945, designed by Herbert Matter.

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June 1945, designed by Herbert Matter.

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July 1945, designed by Herbert Matter.

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March 1946, designed by Herbert Matter.


July 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Spotted! Modernica in the Press

It’s always exciting to spot Modernica featured in the press and recently we’ve seen Case Study Furniture features popping up all over the country. Here’s a few that are truly worth sharing:

Boston Home Magazine

Our Case Study Sun Shade and Ceramic Bowl Tristand were featured as “Essential Accents” in Boston Home Magazine.

Modernica in Boston Magazine

Atomic Ranch

Here you can see a Split Rail Chair and beautiful Case Study Bedroom in Atomic Ranch Magazine.

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Vogue Living Australia

We were also delighted to spot a George Nelson Pear Wall Sconce in Vogue Living Australia.

George Nelson Sconce Lamp in Vogue

May 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Did You Catch the Saucer Pendant on the Cover of This Month’s Atomic Ranch?

Atomic Ranch Cover Atomic Ranch is one of our favorite mid-century design mags, and we’re thrilled every time one of our products gets a spot in one of their featured interiors and renovations. If you caught the spring 2013 issue, you may have a noticed a bright Saucer Pendant Bubble Lamp illuminating their logo, right on the cover!

If you haven’t paged through one of their photo-rich articles highlighting mid-century architecture and design, you can find out more here. For now, enjoy a few more photos of Modernica gracing the pages of Atomic Ranch:





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May 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Elle Decoration Stays True to Modernism

When it comes to beautiful design, sometimes fashion and interior go hand in hand. This is often proven true in the pages of Elle Decor and its UK edition, Elle Decoration. We can’t wait till each new issue hits the stands so we can enjoy page after page of decadent elegance and modern interiors. Elle Decoration’s latest issue was no exception, and we were delighted to see some of our own products gracing its pages.

Mini Wire Table

That’s our Mini Wire Table with a black laminate top, featured in this breathtaking black and white space.

Shell Chairs in Elle Decoration

Another beautiful open space is complemented by neutral tones, white walls, and Fiberglass Shell Chairs on Eiffel Bases.

And here’s a few past shots of Modernica featured by Elle:

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December 19th, 2012|1 Comment