If you are looking to furnish your mid-century home, I’d almost always advise: Don’t be a dope, buy vintage. Big pieces — like dining room sets and bedroom sets and even kitchen dinettes are out there, made of excellent old-fashioned quality, and available at good prices relative to buying “new”. However, the one piece of furniture that it can be very difficult to source vintage is: A sofa. Tip: Click first thumbnail, above, to launch slide show. Use the arrow below each image to move forward.
Of course, vintage sofas can be wonderful, with their lines and original upholstery. But, they almost always need re-upholstering – the fabric gets worn, the stuffing gets hard, the smokers left their smell, etc. And honey, re-upholstering is going to cost you money. Probably more than buying one of these Gus Modern sofas new. I particularly like the tidy tufting and single cushion seat on the Spencer sofa, but there are other nice ones to choose from, as well. I also like the Carmichael chair — it looks like it’s not too big, not too small, just right. And, the extruded aluminum chair rails in 3′ and 5′ lengths — handy! — I think I need these for my office for all my inspirations (aka tchotchkes).
The Gus Modern sofas are more than double the price of a Macy’s Corona sofa, another sofa choice we have collectively spotted and which many readers have reported purchasing on sale for around $700. I can’t speak for the quality difference as I have only seen them online. If you’re in the market — I think it’s well worth doing a personal comparison (and watching for a sale). Website: Gus Modern Furniture. Snaps to Apartment Therapy, where I first read about this brand.