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A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City Utah, which was pretty cool. While there I stopped in to see Ron Green who owns “thee” mid century modern furniture store in Salt Lake. Ron is a really nice guy, laid back and easy to talk to. His shop was loaded full of drool worthy pieces. I really needed to come home with that Hans Wegner Ox Chair. I asked Ron to tell us a little about the Green Ant and how it got started.

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Q: Who is?

The Green Ant is located at 179 E Broadway in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are a mid-century modern furniture store that buys and sells modern furniture from the late 40′s through the late 70′s. I opened the store in 1998. At that time it was just vintage furniture that I thought was cool looking and had great lines. Then I started reading about the designers who created it. At that point my need for modern furniture knowledge exploded.

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

Q: What inspired you to open your store?

Unemployment and the love for mid century design! I was a camera assistant in the film industry prior to opening the shop. The industry was struggling and I went 5 months without work. One day I just sat down and asked myself what do you love to do more than anything else? The answer was look for vintage furniture and resell it (That’s how I would subsidize my income in college). So I decided to open a shop with the $500 I had in my bank account and just try!

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

Q: Who is your favorite designer and why?

I get asked this a lot and my answer is there are two; Poul Kjaerholm and Jean Prouve. I like the way Khaerholm uses steel and leather together in a very sleek simple way. As for Prouve I like his simple approach to design. No frills just great design!

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Q: How do you keep yourself educated on designers and their work?

When I first started out 15 years ago I would try and get books on furniture design or architects. Now I do a lot of reading on the Internet. And my favorite way is to talk with people in person. Be it a customer, a designer, an architect or anyone who just loves design.

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

Q: Is there a “white unicorn”, a piece you have yet to find, either for your store or private collection?

Hmmm… good question! I’ve always wanted a pair of Half Nelson lamps by George Nelson. Just haven’t quite stumbled across them yet! And the ever elusive Jean Prouve Standard chair!!! I see them in auction houses but I just want to see someone bring one into the shop someday!

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Q: My favorite______is________

My favorite chair is Charles Eames’ LCW.

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

ron green mid century modern furniture eames

To see the latest inventory follow the Green Ant on Facebook
http://thegreenant.com/


 


  • http://grassrootsmodern.com creede

    Great write up! Ron has been a vital contributor to the modern and MCM scene in SLC for a long time. It’s great to see him finally getting some recognition for it.

  • http://simplevirtues.blogspot.com/ daiseedeb

    Stumbled upon his shop one day and found myself in MCM heaven. Wonderful inventory and great guy. So nice to see him on here! A wonderful surprise!


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