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Order your Permanent Future sofa before 26 August to ensure pre-Christmas delivery, and we’ll throw in two complementary large cushions (valued at RRP $450)!


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Our Story
About Us


Modern Times uniquely pairs  contemporary Australian art and design with vintage European design furniture.

With diverse backgrounds spanning music, events, art, design and hospitality, owners Joel and Amy Malin began Modern Times with a series of pop-up shops in 2010.

By 2012 they had permanently set up shop on Smith Street in Fitzroy. Modern Times is now known as a Melbourne institution showcasing beautifully restored furniture alongside the work of Australia’s best contemporary artists and makers.

Come and discover the Modern Times world in our ever-evolving Fitzroy showroom and gallery, or explore our diverse product range on our online store.

Joel and I love what we do. We get a real buzz out of sharing our discoveries with our customers. Between the furniture and the art there is always something to inspire the imagination and we are incredibly lucky to have a great team who share our passion. Pop in and say hi – we look forward to welcoming you.”
— Amy Malin, co-director/founder Modern Times

Our Story

We value the integrity of each item and relish the opportunity to restore each piece to the original specification of the designer”

The process of bringing amazing vintage pieces to your home begins with trips to Europe, particularly Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy, where we hand-select distinctive, rare and designer pieces. Upon arrival at our Fitzroy workshop, our highly skilled restoration team set to work on restoring these pieces to their former glory.

Our restoration process honours the design ensuring the integrity of the designer’s intentions are maintained and preserves history by extending the life of these precious pieces. Traditional Danish papercord weaving, polishing techniques, veneer restoration, colour matching and re-upholstery are just some of the expert techniques employed in our meticulous restoration process.


Melburnians have a deep appreciation for art and design as well as fostering local talent and appreciating the handmade. Thus, Modern Times, situated in the beating heart of the creative inner North, is a tailor-made emporium.

Described by Broadsheet as a “pillar of the Melbourne design community”, the Modern Times showroom brings together vintage European design furniture with a curated collection of contemporary Australian art and design.

With a constant rotation of original Australian art, regular exhibitions and new furniture pieces arriving daily from the restoration workshop, and a showroom arranged in welcoming and inspiring ‘rooms’, the Modern Times experience always delivers the unexpected.

Juxtaposing styles, genres and the old with the new, Modern Times has an idiosyncratic style that inspires you to articulate your own creative expression.

Visit the showroom and gallery: 

311 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Opening Hours:

Our showroom is open again from Tuesday to Saturday.

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Call us 9913 8598 or email [email protected]

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