If you, like me, were weaned on IKEA, when you're ready to upgrade your furniture you want to keep your lines clean and your patterns

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Best Place to Shop for Danish Modern on the Cheap

Pacific Galleries Antique Mall

If you, like me, were weaned on IKEA, when you're ready to upgrade your furniture you want to keep your lines clean and your patterns simple. Yet showrooms for affordable furniture are packed with plush, foofy couches and a forest of rattan. That's why I still keep an eye out for mid-century modern. The Eames revival may have faded out a while back, but there are still a lot of beautiful 1960s-era Scandinavian things in antique shops to dress up a modern gentleman's apartment without retro-kitschifying it. Some, in fact, are hiding in the Pacific Galleries Antique Mall, a shadowy warren of small, independently run stalls and glass cases (the mall also holds auctions every Sunday). Walking around the dimly lit warehouse a few weeks ago, trying not to catch hives from the tattered Victoriana, I spotted a curvy Eames-style fiberglass seat for $150 that I coveted, as well as a set of Danish teak end tables for $349. There was a white globe ceiling lamp for $135 that would have been perfect in my bedroom, and a square-cushioned orange loveseat with slim wooden legs for $395 that belongs in my next house. Manufactured in the days when people didn't settle for composite shelves held together with metal pegs, this furniture has held up well for 50 years, and looks like it'll keep for another half-century.—Jonathan Kauffman

 
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