By Design Modern is western Canada’s largest importer of quality, Danish designed furnishings dating from the 1950’s-1970’s. We are a division of the long time Vancouver antique firm Sugar Barrel Antiques. By Design Modern came about after Sugar Barrel Antiques expanded its’ inventory products to include furniture made in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s (most commonly referred to as Mid Century Modern) with the focus being primarily on Danish designed and produced items, known specifically as Danish Modern.
We travel to Denmark and source our items from wholesale dealers that buy their offerings from various sources, namely estate sales, auction houses and private homes. Through a thorough examination process, we typically purchase 200+ items from a select handful of dealers at which point they are shipped to our Vancouver warehouse.
Denmark has a long tradition of fine furniture manufacture and the designers and quality of craftsmanship is known throughout the world. Arguably, the most prolific and award winning designers hailed from Denmark.