Modern 50 | Artist Collective + Atelier
Paint Branch, Maryland 20783

Modern 50 has been in business since 2002. We are located just Outside of Northeast Washington, D.C. Call (703)577-5596 or Email to initiate your purchase. Please mention item name in your inquiry.

The Newest Items on the Website are at the top of each category. You can also check the New Arrivals Blog section to see what has been recently acquired. To Navigate the site just click on an one of the Title Words (i.e. TABLES & DESKS) on the left and an inventory list will expand downward, click on any item in the list and it will load and display on the right, you can click on the small thumbnail images or click on the big image to cycle through the available imagery.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Checks, and Wire Transfers. We generally ship within 1-4 Days of receiving cleared payments for orders via FedEx Ground.

Freight can take up to 2 weeks to be picked up by Ukay, Plycon Vanlines or any carrier of your choice. Dimensions are provided in each item listing, weights upon request.

International customers must make payments via wire transfer or checks and are subject to ALL applicable bank fees, usually $50USD, the balance transferred must equal total on the invoice.

I do always strive to describe items as accurately as possible. But I ask my Buyers to be aware that when an item is "Vintage," "Antique," sometimes sold "As-Found," "Soiled" and "Used" there are always signs of wear, and patina that should be expected.

We will not cover return shipping costs of returned items, and a 25% re-stocking fee will apply.

We will only store your purchased items for 90 days after your cleared full payment is made. After 90 days you will forfeit your ownership of that product, and we will re-sell the item. Unless other arrangements are made.

May 22, 2014
Image Use

September 13, 2013
Washington Post snip it about the District Flea
by Margaret Ely

August 2nd, 2013
District Flea, U Street iteration of Brooklyn Flea, Sept. 14
by Valerie Paschall

November 19th, 2012
Furnishings, Objects and More at Modern Fifty
by Mark Robinson

"After my recent book purchase, ‘The Unknown Craftsman’ written by Soetsu Yanagi which was adapted by Bernard Leach, it’s been great to capture the essence of someone who makes by hand. It has also opened my eyes to the relationship between an artisan or designer-" *(Click Title Link to Read complete Story)

November 1st, 2012
Vintage Story-Modern50
By Kirsten Marchand/Dino Paxenos

"The internet train we were robbing was breaking up while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere and this large distraction opened up huge opportunities to run a concurrent business out of your office pod. A guy down the hall was writing a book, my boss opened up a Thai “Home Cooking” joint down the street, and-" *(Click Title Link to Read complete Story)

September 15th, 2012
Dino Paxenos Whimsical Chaotic Obsessiveness
By Me

"Dino Paxenos is a collector. All of us are in many ways, but some take this title to a level that is deeper, sophisticated and rewarding. The process of collecting and the standard of filtering is not an automated task. Todays technological world has made those tasks less worthy of recognition. Being able to filter and measure standards can’t be automated." *(Click Title Link to Read complete Story)

Feb. 11, 2012

Oddities: Seeing Scars, Season 3 Episode 9, Aired 2/11/12
Discovery Channel and Science Channel

"DINO PAaaahh-" was Filmed on location at the Brimfield Antiques Fall Show, 2012. I played a part in the skit for the Oddities TV Series Episode 09, called, "Seeing Scars." Evan and Mike are looking for something for a Burlesque Dancer. Well...I was totally snubbed, I only got a first name out, "Dino..." Then they even edited out my last name mid vowel, and no mention of my company name...Sheeeeeesh. I even had linking to Modern50 but to no avail, the show is painfully boring to watch, but I would have liked the web traffic. Well I guess thanks for the Laughs Obscura Antiques & Oddities!

Feb. 24, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Hiding Wealth Behind Wear and Tear

By Helen Kirwan-Taylor

"Interior designers now routinely comb antique
stores for purchases that look industrial and about
to fall over. Sites such as Modern 50 in the U.S.,
devoted to "non-linear," decorative and reclaimed
20th-century goods, sell old oil barrels and much
sought-after old display cabinets (usually covered in dust)
to add a rough feel to any existing luxe." *(Click Title Link to Read complete Story)

Aug. 10, 2010
J.Crew Advertisement by Partners & Spade

A J.Crew Men's Department curation of Favorite Websites;
Lineaus Athletic
Swaine Adeney
Kings County Distillery
Hamill Gallery
An Ambitious Project Collapsing
Silver Tears Campers

July 10, 2010
Modern50 mentioned by the Dapper Dude
The Dapper Dude

"I'm not against the likes of Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, they provide some nice furnishings and the convenience is just too damn, ..."

Apr. 23, 2010
Modern 50 Warehouse of WTF
Thirllist DC

"Since not everyone can fully commit to the purchase of a
1940's X-Ray machine, all the junk is also available for rent,
although you know anyone on Extreme Home Makeover is
just gonna buy, after they're forced to rent out that
four-season gazebo."

Oct. 15, 2009
Modern50 Table Assemblage used in movie, INCEPTION

Modern50 InstaCanvas Gallery is Now Open