Prided itself on good design, high quality furniture and excellent customer service is Open Air Modern in Brooklyn. Owner Matt Singer has been honing his craft since his days in art school and now prides himself on his keen eye for Danish, modern, Scandinavian and Mid-Century modern furniture.
The store located on Lorimer Street near the Metropolitan train stop just oozes curb appeal. It’s a renovated garage set back from the street, with sleek letters advertising its name. Blueberry bushes dot the front of the store along with beautiful outdoor furniture. The setup is an invitation to have a seat and sample some berries. Matt explained that the bushes need to cross-pollinate to produce fruit so each blueberry tree is a different variety and has a different taste!
Artfully set up with Hans Wegner chairs, unique lamps and Knoll tables—Open Air Modern even has an extensive design and art library for the design lover. Owner Matt wants to not only be a business, but also a source of expertise and advice for those interested in Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian design.
The store has retained some of the garage feel with cement floors, but experienced a serious renovation when they first moved in, as the garage was abandoned for some time. The owner lives in the neighborhood and had a store in Greenpoint before moving to Lorimer. But Open Air Modern truly began at a weekend open-air market in Williamsburg.
When demand grew and customers began asking for more furniture, the store opened. It is an embodiment of Matt’s taste, talent, craft and appreciation of vintage furniture. Every piece that he sells is handpicked, mostly from auctions and is meant to be a piece that can be loved for a lifetime. Open Air Modern also restores and fixes all its pieces, to make sure that every piece is of the highest quality when it is sold.
Matt prides himself on excellent customer service and even does repairs to furniture after the sale, to make sure that it truly is furniture to last a lifetime. The pieces are expensive ($4,500 for a Hans Wegner sofa; $3,850 for a Knoll petal table), but the lifetime warranty and quality of the furniture and accessories make it worth it. And the pieces there move very quickly, a testament to the owner’s taste and expertise.
If you’re looking for a statement Mid-Century modern piece for your home that has been curated with care, hop on the L train to Lorimer and stop by Open Air Modern. Grab some blueberries on your way out!
Open Air Modern
489 Lorimer Street in Brooklyn
Tuesday – Friday, 1 pm to 7 pm
Saturday — Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm
Monday by appointment