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FLORIDA FIND

Less is more

IF YOU GO

What: PreviewMod

Where: 3321 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale

Contact: 954-536-2887; http://www.previewmod.com/.

Information: PreviewMod participates in the NOBE (North Beach Arts District) Artwalk from 7 to 11 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.

BY DEBORAH S. HARTZ-SEELEY

SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

“Think the Jetsons.” That’s how Stan Chaman characterizes the furniture he and his wife, Nikki, have been selling at PreviewMod since 2004.

Their Fort Lauderdale store specializes in furniture and objets d’ art from the 1930s to the 1990s, with a particular focus on mid-centurymoderne. The couple also offer classic clothing and jewelry.

But it’s the furniture that is front and center.

“It is the beauty, the simplicity of the furniture, the lack of clutter, the less is more, the lines and shapes, the use of negative space, the play of light and shade created by the lines and the quality of the materials and workmanship that attracts us,” Nikki says.

The couple ferret out the provenance of each item they sell. “That makes us different from a lot of other dealers,” Stan says.

For example, the piece in their shop of which they are most proud is a 1969 white cast-fiberglass desk. It was designed by visual artist Vittorio Introini and produced by Saporiti of Italy. Its white chair has black leather cushions. The duo is priced at $14,000.

There’s also a white and taupe Artema Isola or “floating island” sofa by Paolo Piva, one of Italy’s leading architects and designers. The striped and white back pillows down the middle of the oval seat let you sit from either side ($2,500).

While Stan searches for special merchandise at auctions, by word of mouth and from dealers throughout Europe, Nikki heads to a workroom in the rear of the store. Here she refinishes wood, patches veneer, lacquers and reupholsters furniture.

Join her and she’ll proudly point out her shiny black 1959 Necchi sewing machine that she likens to a Rolls Royce. It was a gift from a customer.

“I love to be back here tinkering and dabbling and making everything beautiful again,” she adds. That means most items in the shop are in excellent condition.

She recently refinished a 1937 bedroom suite of Brazilian rosewood with a mahogany inlay ($9,500). It was designed by Gilbert Rohde, a pioneer of American modern design, and produced by Herman Miller.

She chose a lime green wool by Maharam to reupholster the curves of a Womb Chair by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen ($2,500).Stan and Nikki originally got into this business in 1986, when they lived in London. They had visited family in Vancouver and while shopping for on the city’s antiques row, they fell in love with a purple, red, green and yellow 1959 Wurlitzer 1100.

On a whim, they bought the jukebox and then had to figure out how to get it up to their fifth floor walk-up in London.

“We had no idea what we’d do with it,” Nikki says. But on the flight home they realized they could also import vintage Coke machines and gas pumps, which they sold along with jukeboxes from a store in Soho.

Now they’ve settled in the North Beach Arts District of Fort Lauderdale. “The area reminds us of Europe,” says Nikki. That’s because they can walk between home and their shop.

Here they have become a mainstay of the monthly art walk sponsored by the shops and galleries in the area. That’s when Stan sets up his steel drum on the sidewalk to play Caribbean jazz.

He marks these occasions by hanging an iconic light overhead. It looks something like a glowing, oversized red bowling ball with blinking green and white tubular lights sticking out of it.

Yes, it could be Sputnik. But for Stan, this one-of-a-kind Jetson-era orb is a symbol of what PreviewMod is all about. And, he says he’ll never sell it.

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PAULIN GROOVY restoration

Pair of early Groovy chairs before and after. Upholstered in two tone wool…STUNNING!!!!!

Paulin Groovy chairs

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The Mother of all desks

 

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super rare desk,  designed by Vittrio Antoini in 1968 and produced by saporiti, Italy.
A single piece of molded fiberglass with matching chair. Nicotine white, car seat leather cushion. $14,000.

MODsurF at previewmod

 

vintage Hawaiian clothing

vintage Hawaiian clothing

IMAG0205Well, it’s official…MODsurF vintage clothing has taken up full time residence at  previewmod. Still carrying mens vintage Hawaiian shirts in super bright colors and bold prints and women’s Hawaiian ‘one off’ redesigns, modifying the old dresses into funky, fitted, short dresses and skirts more suited to the sun kissed, body conscious Floridian!! Some women’s designer labels and accessories.

Please visit the Vintage clothes page for samples.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KHYE VOGT

CHECK OUT KHYE’S PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW…LOCAL FT LAUDERDALE ARTIST

http://www.facebook.com/khyevimagery

ARCHIZOOM SUPERONDA SOFA

ARCHIZOOM Superonda

ARCHIZOOM Superonda $3000

The very versatile shiney black vinyl sofa, chaise, bed, sculpture and then some… designed and produced by Archizoom in Italy in 1966

Archizoom – Superonda Carlo Menon from AlICe lab on Vimeo.

 

MODsurF

FASHION SHOW MODsurF
MODsurf girls

at the upcoming ARTWALK 4th August 2012
featuring MODsurF girls in Vintage clothing, marrying NOW with THEN
using their own interpretations.
All clothes and accessories from MODsurF.

Show time is 8.30 pm, Saturday August 4th
At PREVIEWMOD 3321 NE 32ND ST

 

 

JULY UPDATE

Also next months ARTWALK is August the 4th. This will be our last until November.

PAULIN RIBBON

Recently restored and recovered in Maharam wool fabric. Persimmon orange red. SOLD

SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN

 

Tomassu Barbi and Paolo Piva

Tomassu Barbi and Paolo Piva

Below…

4 Kwok Hoi Chan designed dining chairs produced by Steiner, France circa 1965
Roger Lecal ‘Lipstick’ mirror produced by Chabrieres & cie, France circa 1969
Saporiti daybed covered in Faye Ann Baxter, Paris, 100% silk fabric