We’re more into the idea of vintage furniture than the reality of living with a dresser that will always smell like someone else’s Shalimar.
Pete and Jamie Bolema, the Chicago husband-and-wife pair behind brassandbark, understand where we’re coming from.
Their handmade furniture is inspired by the midcentury-modern aesthetic--but with updates that make it feel relevant and new (and non-Shalimar-scented).
Organize a cluttered entryway with a shelf that has lots of spots for all your little tchotchkes and keys ($300). Or keep things subtle with this sleek walnut shelf with a cantilevered edge and a (genius!) tissue slot ($300). (Both available on Etsy.)
Brassandbark also takes custom orders for larger, heirloom-quality furniture ranging from built-in bookshelves to dining room tables. (Count on an 8- to 12-week lead time and pricing that starts at about $425.) We especially love the pieces that incorporate pops of color, like this gorgeous console with an aqua interior.
Hey, your grandkids just might fight over it someday--but please spray your Ck One at a safe distance.
Check out brassandbark at Modern Cooperative during the Pilsen Art Walk on July 11; brassandbark.com.