Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984. More than 20,000 square feet on five floors of its historic building in the Old City section of Philadelphia are filled with an extensive inventory — from French and American Art Deco and French 1940’s —1950’s to exclusive Wharton Esherick pieces. In 1985 Moderne Gallery was the first gallery to promote the work of George Nakashima and still has the finest and largest selection in the US of his 1940’s-1980’s designs. Responding to requests from serious collectors who wanted to buy and sell studio crafts, Moderne Gallery extended its inventory to include vintage work by Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, David Ebner, Peter Voulkos, Toshiko Takaezu, Viola Frey, Edward Moulthrop, William Hunter and many others. Moderne Gallery is unique in its specialization in vintage work from the American Studio Craft Movement.
Moderne Gallery’s extremely large and exceptionally fine inventory of Art Deco, Esherick and Nakashima is always interesting and continually changing. Presented in room-like settings, these classic 20th century furnishings are beautifully displayed and in pristine condition. The large gallery spaces also provide opportunity for special exhibitions that are both educational and visually compelling. A fine selection of books on 20th century classic design and craft is another distinctive feature of the gallery. Moderne received a “Best of Philly Award, for Deco Furniture” from Philadelphia Magazine in 2000.