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

Now That LA Murals are Legal, Who Wants One?

Last summer, a 10-year ban on public murals was lifted in Los Angeles. Although the courts are still working out the details of how to sanction the public works of art, local artists are finding all sorts of ways to push the boundaries.

One popular trend is to paint murals on private homes and apartment buildings, which is not often well-received by the neighbors. We want to know your thoughts on the matter – would you be happy to live next door to one of these?

Dan Mural

Hollywood Mural by Modernica’s Dan Smith


Kent Twitchell’s Steve McQueen Monument. Photo courtesy of LA Times.


6th Street Mural by Augustine Kofie. Photo courtesy of


Chris Brown’s infamous Wall Monsters in the Hollywood Hills. Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone.

LA Arts District Murals

Artist Unknown. Photo courtesy of Cartwheel Art.


Painting at Modernica 7th Place Office by Becca Midwood


Bird Mural on Home

Mural project by Avenue 50 Studio. Photo courtesy of SCPR.


Heal the Bay House by Retna and Risk. Photo courtesy of LA TACO.


Artist unknown. Photo by Saul Gonzalez.

Shepard Fairey and Kim West

Paintings by Shepard Fairey and Kim West. Photo courtesy of Cartwheel Art.


Kent Twitchell’s “Bride and Groom.” Photo by Saul Gonzales.

Dabs and Myla and How

Arts District mural by How & Nosm and Dabs & Myla. Photo courtesy of Cartwheel Art.


May 20th, 2014|2 Comments

Dealer Spotlight: Potted in Atwater Village

What happens when two creatives from the film industry with a shared love for gardening and modern design start a business? Potted – one of the most innovative outdoor and garden stores in Los Angeles.

Patio Furniture and Planter Store

Their mantra, “Indoor style for outdoor living,” is made evident with every stylish planter and designer piece of outdoor furniture. Each item and product line is hand-picked by owners Mary Gray and Annette Gutierrez to create beautiful outdoor environments that are designed much as any interior would be. In fact, Gutierrez’s own garden was recently featured in Sunset Magazine for its unique take on landscaping:

“To transform the 3,000-square-foot yard, she created a series of outdoor rooms landscaped almost entirely with potted plants. ‘I get to redecorate over and over,’ says Gutierrez. ‘I just move my pots around a little and I have a whole new yard.'” – Sunset Magazine

Read more about Gutierrez’s spectacular potted garden in Sunset Magazine, or visit the Potted official site.

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April 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

An After-Hours Peek at the Modernica Upholstery Department

Throughout the day, our upholstery department is bustling with seamstresses, craftsmen, and master upholsterers. But once the doors shut at the end of the day, a peaceful calm settles over the rolls of fabric, hand-tools, and sewing machines. We thought we’d sneak in and take a few shots of this busy department in one of its rare quiet moments.

Dining Chair Fabric

Fabric Cutter

Fabric Rolls

Modernica Sewing Machines

Modernica Upholstery Patterns

Uphostery Tools

Case Study Lounge Chair

November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Take a Stroll through the Modernica Woodshop

Every day, over 100 craftsmen and technicians come together in our Los Angeles factory to build beautiful furniture. Most of our signature products, like the Alpine Bed or the Grasshopper Chair, begin their journey in the Modernica woodshop, where each piece is lovingly carved, sanded, and hand-crafted. Today, get a feel for the hard work and dedication of our craftsmen in this photo tour:

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November 21st, 2013|0 Comments