Pin Partner Neal Kielar

Neal Kielar shares some of MidModMen’s unexpectedly modern finds from unlikely locations in the Midwest
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“There was a period in mid-century design that gave itself over to walnut lamps in organic and exotic shapes with dramatic barrel lampshades. This is a particularly large specimen coming in it about 44 inches with the shade. (And it's currently available.)” –Neal Kielar Mid Century, Lights, Lamp Shades, Design, Home Décor, Mid Century Design, Midcentury Modern, Lampshades, Lamp
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“There was a period in mid-century design that gave itself over to walnut lamps in organic and exotic shapes with dramatic barrel lampshades. This is a particularly large specimen coming in it about 44 inches with the shade. (And it's currently available.)” –Neal Kielar
“Before there was central air conditioning, there were electric fans. With this all-steel, 1950s 'Zero' brand fan, being cool seems to have been as important as getting cool. That's to say, the sleek design elevated this common appliance to an object of desire. Found in rural Minnesota.” –Neal Kielar Metal, Retro, Vintage, Fan, Antique Fans, Antique Show, Vintage Fans, Desk Fan, Electric Fan
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“Before there was central air conditioning, there were electric fans. With this all-steel, 1950s 'Zero' brand fan, being cool seems to have been as important as getting cool. That's to say, the sleek design elevated this common appliance to an object of desire. Found in rural Minnesota.” –Neal Kielar
“This Southern California-designed furniture line has an almost International Style architectural design. That wasn't enough to keep this piece out of a Twin Cities thrift shop, abandoned and left in poor shape. We fully restored it, and it was one of the fastest sales we ever had.” –Neal Kielar Inspiration, Home, Architecture, Modern Furniture, Restoration, Mid Century Modern Furniture
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“This Southern California-designed furniture line has an almost International Style architectural design. That wasn't enough to keep this piece out of a Twin Cities thrift shop, abandoned and left in poor shape. We fully restored it, and it was one of the fastest sales we ever had.” –Neal Kielar
“Every year the tiny village of Oronoco, Minn. holds a flea market that engulfs the entire community and attracts thousands of vintage shoppers. That's where we discovered the magic of Viking art glass. Viking was a West Virginia-based maker of decorative glass that seems to have been popular in the Midwest. These three freeform pieces in vibrant colors are typical. We can't seem to keep the orange glass in stock!” –Neal Kielar Wine Glass, Art, Popular, Décor, Glass Decor, Decorative Glass, Village, West
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“Every year the tiny village of Oronoco, Minn. holds a flea market that engulfs the entire community and attracts thousands of vintage shoppers. That's where we discovered the magic of Viking art glass. Viking was a West Virginia-based maker of decorative glass that seems to have been popular in the Midwest. These three freeform pieces in vibrant colors are typical. We can't seem to keep the orange glass in stock!” –Neal Kielar
“Starburst clocks are the holy grail of mid-century accessories for many aficionados. So eager (desperate?!) were we to satisfy the needs of customers that I tracked this Lux clock, with a 26-inch span, all the way to rural central Illinois.” –Neal Kielar Ideas, Mid Century Accessories, Electric Clock
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“Starburst clocks are the holy grail of mid-century accessories for many aficionados. So eager (desperate?!) were we to satisfy the needs of customers that I tracked this Lux clock, with a 26-inch span, all the way to rural central Illinois.” –Neal Kielar
“Within an hour of opening our store for the very first time, a pickup truck pulled up outside and the driver offered to sell us this gondola-shaped lamp with an amazing Fiberglass lampshade. We don't even know how they knew we were open but we were happy to have this unusual piece on display.” –Neal Kielar Novelty Lamp, Truck Pulls, Store, Display, Things To Sell
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“Within an hour of opening our store for the very first time, a pickup truck pulled up outside and the driver offered to sell us this gondola-shaped lamp with an amazing Fiberglass lampshade. We don't even know how they knew we were open but we were happy to have this unusual piece on display.” –Neal Kielar
“When you're in the vintage business, there are few environments you won't brave for a great find. These vintage school chairs were languishing in an extremely mildewy basement in Crosby, Minn. We assume they were, in all their modernist glory, from a local schoolhouse now long gone. But the chairs were sturdy and just needed a good cleaning to defeat the mildew.” –Neal Kielar Dining Chairs, Chairs, Diy, School Chairs, Chair, Vintage School
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“When you're in the vintage business, there are few environments you won't brave for a great find. These vintage school chairs were languishing in an extremely mildewy basement in Crosby, Minn. We assume they were, in all their modernist glory, from a local schoolhouse now long gone. But the chairs were sturdy and just needed a good cleaning to defeat the mildew.” –Neal Kielar