Antiquing in Woodbury
In the olden days when we were still furnishing our home, we would occasionally make the trip to wander the antique shops that line Main Street in Woodbury. On our way up to Arethusa Al Tavolo, we stopped for a peek. Happy to find that most shops have not been sidelined by the internet, there are still more than enough to keep you occupied for an afternoon. One of our old favorites, Jennings and Rohn, was well stocked with an imaginative inventory: a set of white leather Eames chairs, partner desks, plenty of lamps (I snapped up a simple alabaster column for under $200), apothecary chests and abstract paintings.
Next we pulled up in front of a tiny architectural gem, set back, midway through town. This may be Woodbury’s best kept secret. Step in and ogle the mid-century Danish, Scandinavian and American goods in pristine condition, and you know you’ve stumbled onto SOMETHING. But that’s just the beginning. As you finish trolling around, the unassuming owner will ask if you’d like to see more. Well, yes, of course. Off we go to the mammoth Victorian manse next door. Nothing foretells the delights within, no sign, no awning. But oh la la, you’ll find room after room of the best of mid-century, decorated and placed just so, as if the Madmen-era folks who live here had just stepped out for a cocktail party. It’s astonishing: Milo Baughman club chairs in their original pristine upholstery, a perfect specimen of an Eames lounge, Knoll and Wormley sofas, a Hans Wegner bar cart, Arredoluce Trienalle lamps and 60’s Danish sideboards from the likes of Peter Lovig Nielsen and Peter Hvidt. Peek into the period kitchen for Dansk Kobenstyle casseroles and stacks of Rosenthal china. A case in the bathroom displays vintage Pucci ties and Yves St. Laurent scarves. Everything is meticulously displayed and in perfect condition. While I oohed and aahed, my husband was kept entertained by the various early stereo systems (who knew these were a thing?) and the Ducati by the door. Whether you’re a collector of mid-century or not, Champion Modern is a must see.
Jennings & Rohn
Toy train bridges at Jennings & Rohn
Milo Baughman chairs at Champion Modern