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Don’t get me wrong. I love IKEA. Many of the core pieces in my home came from the Swedish retailer, and of course, the prices are hard to beat. However, when I’m ready to trade up my BESTA media cabinet, my many hacked RAST chests, and my well-loved LOHALS rug for furnishings I didn’t build myself, there is a wide world of home decor purveyors out there for my—and your—picking. If you find yourself wanting a little upgrade but aren’t sure where to start looking, let this list of 15 modern shops (both online and brick-and-mortar) be your guide. (And if budget is key, we also rounded up the best affordable modern furniture stores here.)
You may know Schoolhouse for their throwback lighting designs, but they are so much more than vintage-style fixtures. The Portland-based brand’s modern-meets-industrial offerings could fill your house, soup to nuts, without looking the least bit matchy-matchy. Standouts include their hardware, lighting (of course), and their bedding and bath goods.
Buy: Tanker Clock, $249
If you love both modern and industrial style, you need to bookmark Industry West. The retailer sells a curated selection of furniture, lighting, and decor, all of which looks like it belongs in an urban loft. Since their inventory is small, stuff tends to sell out, so if you see something you love be sure to grab it while you can.
Buy: Bayley Armchair, $550
You can’t beat free delivery on furniture, can you? Oftentimes, budgeting for the transport of your purchases can be forgotten—and quickly add up. But at Apt2B, the cost to get your new goods home is zippo. Beyond their goose egg delivery fees, we love their riff on beloved mid-century silhouettes, classic modern seating, and edgy case goods…most of which are made in the USA.
Buy: Miles Sofa, $998
Known primarily for its lighting, Rejuvenation belongs to the same family as West Elm and Pottery Barn, and it has the modern inventory to prove it. While you can’t go wrong with the extensive lighting section, you can also find plenty of furniture, hardware, and decor. Plus, the site has an incredible vintage and antiques section if you’re looking for authentic MCM goods.
Buy: Anglepoise Type 75 Desk Lamp, $245
The best word to describe HAY? Fun. The retailer sells Danish-inspired modern furniture and decor with a twist—most of their inventory is colorful, different, and full of personality. Their stuff feels a bit more accessible (and youthful) than other modern retailers, and they even did a collaboration with Urban Outfitters in the fall of 2019.
Buy: Don’t Leave Me Side Table, $175
Our own online marketplace for secondhand and vintage goods is a great place to find modern furniture and decor. You’ll find older offerings from well-known brands, including DWR, West Elm, and CB2, as well as lovingly restored vintage finds from top designers. Inventory changes every day, so it’s always fun to browse.
Buy: Tadao Ando Cantilevered Dream Chair, $2,999 from Bazaar
ABC Carpet specializes in, yup, carpets and rugs, but they also have an impressive inventory of modern furniture. The brand is mainly known for statement seating and high-end art and decor, although you can also find products for beauty, wellness, and even jewelry. Prices are high, but the selection is totally worth it.
Buy: Saba Geo Armchair,
My living room product Pinterest board is comprised of many a product from Blu Dot. Their furniture and decor is modern with a hint of glam—picture plenty of walnut with dashes of brass and marble. Even the names of their collections are fun (Hot Mesh, anyone?). Don’t forget to peruse their outlet section for even better prices.
Buy: Racer Dining Chair, $349.00
As Crate & Barrel’s more affordable, slightly hipper younger sibling, CB2 is full of on-trend furniture (heavy on the metallics!), celeb/designer collaborations from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Lenny Kravitz (yup!), and really great, affordable decor. Though some of their furnishings can get a little pricey, you’ll luck out on lighting, rugs, accessories, and dining/kitchen wares.
Buy: Warner Table Lamp, $169.00
I recently discovered Capsule, and it was love at first scroll. Their furniture features plenty of tailored silhouettes that are simple yet powerful, with a sprinkling of color throughout. Also, there’s something to be said about their scaled-down catalog—it’s nice not to have paralysis of choice when evaluating what a brand is selling. Beautiful and reasonably priced, you can bring home one of their sofas for around $1,200.
Buy: Cameron Sofa, $1,299
How could you sit on a sofa from a brand named Joybird and not be happy? Another reason to smile is the company’s upstanding sustainable practices—they plant trees with every furniture purchase comparable to what it took to construct the piece (i.e., the sale of a chair equals three trees; a credenza gets eight trees). If you’re willing to wait 6-8 weeks, you get your pick of dozens of fabric colors for your new sofa, but a handful of styles are available to quick ship in a standard gray.
Buy: Hughes Chair, $1,136.00
I love R&B‘s American-made philosophy: 90 percent of their pieces are made in the USA by artisans in family-owned workshops. On top of keeping production stateside, they offer many of their pieces in numerous sizes, finishes, and colors, which lets you as the shopper take the reins of your purchase and get just what you want and need for your home.
Buy: Linear Console Table, $1,199.00
This French retailer landed stateside in 2019 with two Miami-based outposts and stylistically is perhaps best described as a mix between classic IKEA Stockholm and Target’s Opalhouse—with a side of Anthropologie for good measure. Online ordering is available for most pieces, and pricing is fairly reasonable across the board, with some real bargains in the textiles, tabletop, and art departments. But they definitely carry furniture as well, including sofas, desks, headboards, vanities, and more.
Buy: Andy Rug with Blue Geometric Motifs, $349.00
This direct-to-customer e-tailer focuses on seating and tables—though they now offer rugs and accessories, too. You can see pieces in the flesh at Burrow’s flagship in New York’s SoHo neighborhood or at one of their partner showrooms. Each piece of Burrow furniture is made from sturdy, sustainably-sourced hardwood and non-toxic fabrics, and many of the sofas are designed to be both ergonomic and modular, so you can add or subtract pieces when you move into a new space.
Buy: Nomad Slope Sofa Collection, Starting at $1,995
You probably already know about this mid-century modern lover’s dream of a decor store. But one thing to note when shopping there: Things marked as “commercial grade” or “contract grade” are specially designed for commercial use with materials that will hold up well to wear-and-tear. Spend a little more for one of these durable but still super stylish pieces, and you might be looking at your next family heirloom. Or you’ll just save yourself a few extra headaches if you have young kids and pets.
Buy: Black Marble Round Bistro Table, Starting at
This e-super store has just about every room in the house covered, from living room furniture and dining essentials to bedroom staples and home office furnishings. They also carry collections from big modern brands like Kartell, Marimekko, Umbra, and more. So consider AM a great one stop shop for designer items and more budget-friendly look-a-likes, too.
Fans of J.A.’s quirky pottery will be happy to know that he has not one—but two lines of furniture these days. Shop glam modern shelving units, coffee tables, sofas, and more at JonathanAdler.com and hit up Amazon for his lower-priced Now House line, which this cute bar cart is featured in.
Buy: Vally Mint Bart Cart, $238.93
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