(New Westminster, BC) Nov. 18, 2012 — River Market is growing! In mid-December, design darling Mid-Century Modern HOME will open in the Market’s Retail Hall.
“We started with the pleasures of the table,” says River Market Director Mark Shieh. “With the addition of Mid-Century Modern HOME, we add the tables themselves — our story of food is expanding into the dining room and the rest of the house.”
Opened in 2009 on New Westminster’s Antique Alley by owner Jenny Cashin, Mid-Century Modern HOME specializes in quality vintage goods made in the middle of the 20th century. In just three years, she’s gained a following throughout the Lower Mainland for the shop’s beautifully restored, reupholstered and refinished Danish Modern and Mid-Century Modern furniture, art, lighting and decorative pieces.
“Danish Modern furniture achieves the perfect balance of function, form, hand-crafted quality and versatile design,” says Cashin, explaining the style’s resurgence. “Certainly Mad Men has increased awareness, but in those years between 1940 and 1970, designers realized perfection in ways that they haven’t since, creating objects that serve their purpose with a simple elegance and classic, modern lines that combine well with many styles.” She adds that it’s a design esthetic that works especially well in today’s condominium market. “Mid-Century Modern homes were designed with walls of windows, in order to blur the line between the open-concept interior and the exterior, natural surroundings. Furniture was meant to be light, airy and low profile, so as not to obstruct those open sight lines. Danish Modern and Mid-Century Modern furniture is ideally suited for condos, many of which use those same walls of windows to open up their smaller footprints.”
With the move, Cashin gains more space for her rapidly growing business, and she’ll help with the creation of a new kind of modern flea market, in the works for River Market. The transition will take place in stages. As well as the new space in River Market, Cashin will retain the Mid-Century Modern Home storefront on Front Street until the end of January, providing extra retail space through the busy holiday season, and giving her customers time to adjust. The move will also help strengthen the link between the market and the very popular Antique Alley on Front Street.
“Now visitors to downtown New Westminster will have even more reason to stroll the entire the waterfront, from River Market, Antique Alley, Columbia Street, to Westminster Pier Park,” says Shieh.
About River Market at Westminster Quay
Food and fun come together every day at River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop, and play. First opened in 1985 as Westminster Quay Public Market, the 72,000-square-foot marketplace on the Fraser River underwent a food-led revitalization in 2008 to become a hub for community life. Today, it showcases 20 of B.C.’s best independent shops and restaurants all under one roof.
Find out more at rivermarket.ca.