360modern is a community of modernists including architects, Modern furniture and art experts, non-profits, state historical organizations, county historical groups, and contractors. Today, we’re continuing our showcase of the people and businesses that make up the Seattle Modern community.
Yuki French, owner of the Seattle-based online shop, MidCentury55, was nice enough to answer some questions for us about her beautiful collection of mid-century modern and danish home furnishings.
Thank you for taking the time, to chat with 360modern, Yuki!
Tell us about the background of MidCentury55. How did you get your start?
I have always loved architecture and design. Before I had children, I worked as an interior designer. Once I had children, I decided to dedicate my time to being home with them. When they turned 5 and 7, I began to explore a way to begin working again but still be around the house. One day at a thrift store I found a lovely antique chest of drawers, which had some missing veneer. I decided to buy it and ended up repairing and selling it on Craig’s List. It was such a fun experience that I wanted to do more!
I love the simplicity of the lines, and its minimal design, which creates a calm and peaceful space. Most mid-century modern furniture has simple oil finishes, which really allows you to appreciate the beauty of its wood grain. I especially love how teak looks when it is newly finished and oiled.
My best selling designers are Hans Wegner, Peter Hvidt, Niels Otto Moller, and Grete Jalk, while my best selling furniture makers are France and Son, Dux, Moreddi, Knoll, and Herman Miller.
Mid-century American and Scandinavian furniture, vintage kitchen items (dishes, cookwares, cutleries, etc.), home decor (clocks, vases, sculptures, etc.), lighting, and more!
I see that you do restoration work. What types of restorations do you do? Do you have a favorite piece you’ve worked on?
I do basic refinishing, such as cleaning, sanding, and finishing. I also will do small repairs, as long as there are not major structural issues. I am also fairly skilled at upholstering small items, such as dining chair and sofa cushions. For bigger jobs, I rely on an upholsterer, who does incredible, high-quality work.
I get to appreciate its beauty every day! Each piece has its own history and unique characteristics, which adds a sense of depth, warmth, and value to my home and life. I think because mid-century modern furniture, in general, is so well-made and designed, it has a certain timelessness to it. When I see such a piece, even if it needs some TLC and effort to restore it, I know that underneath the surface, it can become beautiful again and find a new owner, who has the same appreciation as I do for beauty, quality, and design. I sometimes like to think of myself as a foster care mom for mid-century modern furniture, nurturing my pieces until they can find their new homes!
To see a complete listing of home furnishings and housewares for sale, check out Midentury55’s Etsy shop!
View Yuki’s exquisite collection on Instagram.