Photos by Caitlin Abrams
Furniture from Golden Age Design in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Golden Age Design in Robbinsdale
Golden Age Design is the millennial mom-and-pop shop. It started online, built an audience through social media, and morphed into a brick-and-mortar furniture store in Robbinsdale with funding from a Kickstarter campaign. Golden Age Design is open just one weekend a month because both husband and wife, Bill and Kara Kurth, also have day jobs. And two little boys.
But despite the short hours, lack of staff, and a location you have to seek out to find (unless you’re eating at Travail or Pig Ate My Pizza across the street), Golden Age Design is flourishing. That’s thanks to Bill’s meticulous work restoring midcentury and Danish modern furniture. And to Kara’s keen eye for merchandising—keeping the modest space sunny and spare and layering in art work and design objects from other local makers.
“The great thing about midcentury furniture is it’s a great canvas for anything you want to add,” Kara says. “We’re realizing the art pieces are so important. And all locally made.” Golden Age Design is also augmenting Bill’s pieces with one-of-a-kind furniture from other local designers—mostly unknowns, with great potential, considering the Kurths’ high standards.
If you’re shopping for upholstered furniture, be sure to get to Golden Age Design on a Friday, when it opens that third weekend of every month. “Upholstered furniture is flying out the door—I think because no one else is really doing that,” Kara says. “It’s like getting a whole new piece that you couldn’t find at Room & Board. People are looking for something different.”
But all of them seem to want a credenza—the other top seller for Golden Age Design. As easy as it is for fans to communicate with the Kurths through Facebook, having a physical store has made it that much easier to understand what people want. And what they tell the Kurths they want most is additional store hours. Because even millennials want to sit on a chair before buying it. To make that happen, Bill needs to clone himself. He is currently training two apprentices to take on additional furniture restoration work.
Keep up with the latest projects, and see what’s coming next on the Golden Age Design Facebook page or Instagram. And coming soon, a dedicated website, GoldenAgeDesign.com. The Kurths are, after all, products of the digital age. 4157 Broadway Ave. W., Robbinsdale, 612-408-6896
Get The Look
The Twin Cities is flush with midcentury shops stocked with pieces to fill your home with clean lines, warmth, and treasures from the ’40s through the ’70s. Here are some of our favorites.
What started as a pop-up has become a neighborhood go-to for restored and refinished midcentury furnishings. 2401 University Ave., St. Paul, 612-234-1201, midmodmen.com
This shop has been furnishing Twin Cities homes for half a decade with Danish dining chairs, teak tables, and art deco sofas. 13 NE 5th St., Mpls., 612-730-3389, findfurnish.com
Danish Teak Classics
Connoisseurs know to stop by frequently to check out the ever-changing array of decorative glass, ceramics, lighting, and fine art in classic and modern Danish design. 1500 NE Jackson St., Ste. 277, Mpls., 612-362-7870, danishteakclassics.com
This year marks this shop’s 20th year of selling 100-percent recycled merchandise from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. 781 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-8787
Up Six Vintage
The ideal place to go if you’re looking for some ’40s threads to pair with your new mod furniture and barware. 157 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-917-0470