In recent years, mid-century modern furniture has become highly sought after all over the world. In Buffalo, we are fortunate that we don’t have the incredibly high price tags that this style of furniture usually commands in major cities. For that reason, small shops such as ReImagine on Elmwood Avenue have seen business grow dramatically.
Ever since the vintage furniture and home accessory shop moved to the corner of Breckenridge Avenue from its original location, owners Cortney Morrison-Taylor and Hayley Carrow-Janecki have been been settling into their new digs, by transforming the interior of the former bakery into a spacious interior design showroom. The high vaulted ceilings create a feeling of loft living, similar to the types of settings that mid-century buyers are looking to furnish.
Once the owners were happy with the new look and feel of the storefront, they began to rethink the nature of the business. Not only did they opt to showcase original works of art by local artists*, they recently began to experiment with carrying pieces from a local furniture designer by the name of Michael Neffke.
Neffke specializes in building table creations that are reconstituted from old industrial machine parts and demolished structures. “We love the rustic look that Michael’s tables add to the shop,” Hayley told me. “If you look at the furniture you can see that it is made from deconstructed barns, wheel pulleys, saw blades… the rustic pieces contrast nicely with our modern look. The original handcrafted furniture is similar to the mid century items that we already carry, in that it ensures that the look and feel of the business is always changing. That’s the beauty of vintage.”
*Bi-monthly art shows, currently featuring works by Tim Raymond until the end of the month. Rustic tables run between $500 and $900
732 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222