The mere mention of the words "Modern Design" is enough to make the cost-conscious shudder, with Design-Within-Reach-fueled-fears that any furniture with a midcentury style is guaranteed to cost an arm and a leg. That's why I was so pleasantly surprised to discover budget Modern furniture company Modani. This Miami-based furniture retailer sells modern design furniture and home accessories at a surprisingly affordable price. And another bonus is that they offer many of their wares in vegan leather ("eco leather"), something that is shockingly hard to find when shopping for furniture. As a vegan, this is an issue I've come up against many times, and while pleather is prevalent everywhere, finding leather-like furniture that is entirely vegan is often a challenge.
Onyxia Modern Sleeper Sofa Bed – $640
I can’t believe the price on this elegant, utilitarian modern sofa bed. Under $1000? Amazing. And in vegan leather too – aka “eco leather” (faux leather not made from cow skin). I’m kicking myself that I didn’t discover Modani earlier, since I already bought a sofa bed which looks similar to this, but costs more. Sofa beds are super useful in that they allow you to have an extra guest bed when you need one without compromising space or function, since most of the time, they are folded up in couch position.
Sacha Modern Arm Chair – $340
This lemon yellow plush arm chair brings a pop of color into any room. For the midcentury-modern inspiration, the price is pretty decent. A brushed metal swivel base lets you channel your inner child and twirl around in style.
Outdoor Modern Love Seat with Cap – $790
If you’re looking for outdoor furniture, you can’t do much better than this playful circular love seat with a foldable canopy over the top. A friend of mine had a couple of these love seats around her pool and my children went gaga for them, hiding inside the canopy and curling up like little birds in a nest. They’re made from water-proof synthetic rattan and upholstery that is easy to clean and weather-proof.
Coronado Outdoor 2 Seater Modern Sofa – $540
Made from the same materials as the canopy love seat, this outdoor modern sofa is durable enough to withstand the strongest of storms while still blending in elegantly with the landscape. The handwoven rattan is topped with mold and weather-resistant cushions, making this a practical investment.
Ivy Outdoor Balcony Set – $490
If you’re looking to invest in a complete outdoor furniture set, Modani’s outdoor balcony set includes two rattan chairs and rattan table that match the Coronado sofa and the circular love seat. Even just on its own, this set is a great value. Quality outdoor furniture is something that will be useful for generations.
Davos Sofa – $998
Need a modern, classic sofa and tired of boring options like beige, grey and black? How about vivid sky blue? This bright blue sofa brings fresh but not overly-distracting color to brighten up a drab room. Made with a cotton linen blend and a toon wood base, this well-made piece of furniture is unique, eye-catching and priced under a grand to boot.
Aria Contemporary Walnut Night Stand – $290
It’s hard to find practical, affordable nightstands that also look good, but we think this two drawer walnut nightstand hits the mark. The minimalist design fits in nicely with most other furnishings, instantly upgrading any bedroom to a more modern style.
Nyx Dining Chair – $178
And if you’re looking for upholstered dining chairs, for added seat comfort, here’s one of the best modern versions we’ve seen. This upholstered Nyx chair in vibrant lime green, adds a new level of modern comfort to your dining area. Made with a velour polyblend and wood base, the Nyx dining chair comes in a variety of colors that can be mixed and matched for a more lively seating arrangement.
Indore Modern Pillow – $30
You can easily amplify modern style in any room by throwing a couple of these geometric-patterned pillows into the mix. You can make any solid colored sofa pop nicely with one or two of these (would look great with the blue Davos Sofa)
Serenity Contemporary Sculpture – $30
If you’re looking to update your accessories, this elegant zen sculpture is a great find. Bring a sense of peace anywhere in and around your home with a sculpture that would look especially serene on an outdoor patio, by the garden, or on a console near your entrance.
Slim Table lamp – $49
Thin and sleek, this silver table lamp unobtrusively illuminates a living room or bedroom, and is even small enough to be placed on a home office desk. Its simple chrome shine elevates the modern style of any home.