The article points out that MidModMen+friends is part of the “retro ghetto” along University Avenue. Businesses that cater to fans of retro furniture and accessories include Spinario, located in the Art & Architecture Building, Classic Retro @ Pete’s at University and Vandalia, and, the forerunner of us all, Succotash, around the corner from MidModMen on Raymond Avenue. Succotash has been in business for close to 20 years and owners Noreen and Paul have made us feel welcome in the neighborhood.
Thanks to the StarTribune for this unexpected honor. Thanks also to all of the people who’ve supported MidModMen+friends by stopping in to the store, following us on social media and loving the mid-century and modern life.
One of our retro children was insulted. And we had to do something about it so its self esteem would not suffer.
The lamp above, with its peeling paint stripes and weird brown color, was referred to as “that ugly brown lamp.”
Well, Ugly Brown Lamp, we’ll show the world how beautiful you can be!
Mr. Vibe upcycled Ugly Brown Lamp with 2 coats of metallic automotive paint and 2 coats of clear. He also sanded and oiled the wood and rewired the lamp. With the lighter wood and lighter shade, he was hoping to draw the eye to the sparkle of our Pretty Blue Lamp.
Ugly Brown Lamp says, “Look at me now!”
Dimensions: Base height to top of wood neck = 17.25″
This lamp, a classic specimen of the California artisan pottery movement from the mid century era, was designed by Bob Kinzie for Affiliated Craftsmen. Affiliated Craftsmen was founded in the early 1960s by Bob Kinzie and friends. This particular lamp was, according to Sandy Kinzie*, likely thrown by Bob’s partner, Phil Barkdol**, and features a walnut base.
Approximate measurements: Walnut base: 6.5″ diam., Pottery Vessel: 14″h x 10.5″ diam., 15.75″ to top of pottery vessel, 32.75″ to top of finial, and 38.5″ to top of shade (not original but is included w/purchase).
*A very special Thanks to Sandy Kinzie for providing us with authentication that this is, in fact, a Bob Kinzie designed lamp.
**Though we have seen Phil Barkdol’s surname spelled several ways online, we have chosen to use the spelling provided to us by Sandy Kinzie.