Our Story
About Us

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

Owners Joel and Amy Malin, coming from diverse backgrounds spanning music, events, art, design and hospitality, began Modern Times with a series of pop-up shops in 2010. By 2012 they had set up shop permanently in Smith Street, 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.

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
Restoration

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.

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

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.

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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 today at 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy.