Modern Edge

Three local shops put their own spin on the midcentury modern trend, restoring vintage treasures.

Mystery Danish chair courtesy of Joint Effort Studio
Mystery Danish chair courtesy of Joint Effort Studio
Joint Effort Studio

Architect-turned-furniture-designer Jesse Damrow crafts gorgeous original modern pieces and sells reconditioned midcentury chairs (like this one), tables and more, both online and in a planned MKE showroom coming this fall.

Table courtesy of Brew City Salvage.
Brew City Salvage

This Lane two-tone “guitar pick” end table was refinished by cousins Caleb Nickel and Ross Severson of Brew City Salvage (431 E. North St., Waukesha). Their shop carries original art, jewelry, home decor and custom coffee tables, as well as gussied-up antique furniture. ➸

Courtesy of Cream City Restoration
Courtesy of Cream City Restoration
Cream City Restoration

Repairers of the old and worn down, the husband-wife duo of Jason and Kelsey McGinnis opened Cream City Restoration (3550 E. Sivyer Ave., St. Francis) to sell restored dressers, tables, chairs and more. In addition to vintage and Southwest-ish home decor, they offer ultra-comfortable customizable couches and chairs from North Carolina-based Atomic Chair Company. Pictured here is a Lane lowboy dresser.



Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.