Main Street Modern – Canton, Ohio
Sleek, crisp lines and gorgeous wood grain. Funky molded materials that contour the ergonomics of your body. Timeless colors and statement fabrics. These are just a handful of the characteristics that attract many to the midcentury modern style of furniture and decor at Main Street Modern.
Main Street Modern has one of the largest showrooms and inventories you will find dedicated to vintage Mid-Century modern style. Better yet, the inventory often changes. Actually, I can do one better than that… Main Street Modern is right in Stark County, in downtown Canton. The showroom is located on Mulberry Street, in an unsuspecting, old industrial building.
Plug your phone in, and make sure you are using a navigation system when heading down, because you won’t find signs or an address indicating that you’ve reached the showroom. And the enormous (10,000 sq. ft.) showroom is just about as cool as some of the pieces inside.
Walk in and get ready, because there is a lot to take in. The showroom is sectioned in a manner that makes sense and flows, so you won’t feel lost or overwhelmed. Most of the decor pieces such as lamps, shades and accessory items are in their own sections, while the bigger pieces of furniture are incorporated in a layout that mirrors what a room could look like when pairing pieces.
Some of the pieces you’ll find are modern classics – like the Eames chair, and others are a bit more bizarre, like a taxidermied bobcat. Overall, there is something for every style and living need.
Now, here’s the good part. You can find ORIGINAL pieces from Eames, Knoll, Herman Miller, George Nelson, Milo Bauchman, Heywood-Wakefield and other renowned designers.
If you don’t follow designers, there are also original, well-known looks and styles at Main Street Modern that you can’t find elsewhere like scissor, tulip, swan, shell and Wassily chairs, teak wood pieces, globe and arc lamps, among other midcentury modern era pieces. If you’re not married to a designer, sometimes it’s a more affordable option to go with a designer style instead.
Don’t take these lists as a concrete inventory either – as I mentioned before, the inventory is constantly rotating, and if you have a designer or style request, accommodations can be made.
Most prices are fair to the piece, and others are really fair. The smaller items (statues, accessories, etc.) started around $20, chairs from $100+ and larger pieces went into the thousands. If you’re familiar with the item and designer, you’ll notice the prices are on point. I was actually surprised to see a gorgeous, multi-occasion, drop leaf table by Milo Bauchman for Drexel priced at $1,500.
Prices at the showroom are much lower than the prices you’ll find in the eBay store, or from other out of state dealers for that matter; a definite perk for those close enough to visit the store in person.
Wondering if you can hunt these pieces down yourself? Probably not.
Owner, Adam Hoover, has been tracking down and dealing this furniture and art for years. He’s local, but acquires most of the inventory from the East Coast. He and his crew take trips out to New York and Jersey every other week to find new items and deliver his current stock.
Also, Adam is at the showroom during the public showings, so you can chat with him and learn more about the facility and furniture. He actually took some time to tell me more about Main Street Modern and how he got his start. Let’s just say, this guy knows his stuff, and is totally passionate about every facet of the midcentury modern style.
Plan ahead for your visit, as Main Street Modern is not open 9-5, M-F. There are designated public showing dates – Saturdays from 10-3; but check the Facebook page as times are subject to change. And, for serious buyers, appointments can be made for your convenience.
A fun fact for you: many of the pieces in the showroom can also be found in museums, showcasing extreme dedication to design and the purpose of the furniture. It’s quite a feeling to imagine you could use one of those pieces every day. After all, they are built to last.
Furniture, for the most part, is no longer crafted and produced like it was 30+ years ago. That’s one of the many reasons why midcentury modern furniture (and homes) have had such a surge in popularity over the past 15 or so years, especially now as the style has gone mainstream. These items are incredibly durable and timeless. If you’ve not considered investing in a piece to your home or office, I highly recommend that you visit Main Street Modern because you’re sure to find something that speaks to you.
618 Mulberry RD SE
Canton, Ohio 44709