Thursday, June 15, 2017

Staff Picks: Our Materials Unlimited Favorites Right Now

By Gretchen Sawatzki

At Materials Unlimited showroom in Ypsilanti, Michigan, we see a lot of interesting antique and vintage items stroll through our doors. Like anything, we have our favorites, so we thought we'd share our favorite items in the showroom right now.

Antique barristers bookcase circa 1920.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

1. Antique Barrister Bookcase

Tall and with ample storage space this antique birch wood stackable barrister bookcase is Director of Marketing and Advertising, James' favorite in the store right now. With multiples available, "I would love to place them side-by-side to make a wall of bookcases." He notes, "they aren't quite Tudor," which is his favorite historic style, but he says, "these will do."

Antique wood folding wash tub bench.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

2. Antique Wash Tub Bench

This quirky wooden bench was once used as a wash tub bench according to the markings on its side. For Hannah, our Shipping Coordinator, Sales Associate (and I can't forget, Wizardess), an item like this is just perfect. "I love repurposing items that were once used more for function rather than form. I could see this being used for plants under a window, or in a bathroom for extra towels."

Antique flush mount light fixture.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

3. Antique Revival Period Flush Mount Light Fixture

This Revival Period flush mount light fixture makes Architectural Preservation and Design Consultant, Michael's list of favorites because of its, "smooth lines and shapely conical pan with the original sockets and chain. Its sleek satin bell-shaped shades look timelessly modern, but its highly unusual to find a nickel plated or silver plated finish on this style of light fixture which is typically found in a kitchen or bathroom. Our restoration specialist did a fantastic job preserving and hand-polishing the finish...even the fitters and chains turned out lovely!"

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