Modern Redux traces its origins back to Redux Vintage, a shop I opened in 1992 when I left my job in retail store design with Barnes & Noble. Starting in a tiny storefront, I was soon operating out of multiple locations as a dealer of Mid-20th Century Modern furnishings. Redux Vintage was one of only a handful of outlets in Central Texas for post-war modern furniture and decorative arts at the time. Then, as now, I was dedicated to the preservation, rehabilitation, and re-popularization of great modern design.
Cut to 1996 when a partner and I had an opportunity to open a much larger store on South Congress that we christened Aqua. Our focus expanded to include newly authorized reproductions of classic modern furniture and lighting. We became the first outlet in Central Texas to carry Herman Miller's classic "For the Home" line, as well as the region's sole purveyor of similar lines from Modernica, Vitra, and other manufacturers. These additions, along with our classic vintage inventory, saw the business explode. Offering design consultation, home staging, film and television rentals, and consignment services, we became something of a center for public education on the history and importance of post-war design in Austin.
Aqua's tenure in SOCO straddled the neighborhood's transformation into a go-to destination for shopping, dining, and night life - and in 2005, sky-rocketing rents plus other factors - economic downturn, the loss of a business partner - combined to make an offer to rejoin the corporate world as a retail design consultant hard to resist, and I shuttered the brick and mortar location. Once that stint ran its natural course, my thoughts turned again to the idea of small business ownership. A new partner materialized in 2017 when a college buddy returned to Texas from NYC, leaving his corporate life behind. A location hunt ensued.
Now, with well over a quarter-million worth of inventory in storage and a dream to become Austin's most trusted purveyor of the very best in post-war international modernism, we launch Modern Redux LLC. Come and see our great, brand new, centrally-located gallery. We'll always be staging an ever-evolving collection of beautiful items generated by art and design's ever-vital Modernist Movement - from the Bauhaus through the mid-20th century and up to the present!