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"The creation of the mold is art and collaboration, knowledge of geometry and calculus, and the idiosyncrasies of wood. Each type of wood behaves differently when bent, and on some days it does different things. We start with a physical 3D model prototype—it’s how we like to work. Once we get it to a place we like, then we’ll create a drawing with measurements. Moving on to the building of the final mold is still incremental steps in trial and error." Jay Novak

Founded 1999
Los Angeles, CA

About Modernica

For over 25 years, Modernica has proudly built each piece of furniture, one by one, at its five-acre campus in Los Angeles, where it houses a world-class upholstery and woodshop. It has been family owned and operated since it opened. The brand has revitalized the dying art of high-pressure fiberglass molding: its factory is home to the historic Century Plastics fiberglass presses and specialized machinery that birthed the fiberglass chair craft in Southern California in the 1950s. Since 1999, Modernica has steadfastly produced the chairs as they were originally created, creating each shell by hand, one by one,  adhering to the original tactile qualities, texture, and characteristics that alone are unique to the fiberglass shell chair. Choose from a wide range of shell colors and chair base options. Modernica offers the flexibility to build a chair to suit your individual style and needs. Made in California.

Modernica upholstery is produced entirely in its Los Angeles factory using traditional construction methods. The team have produced this iconic Scandinavian design for over two decades and expanded the palette to a selection of over 30 fabric choices, so you can design the chair that’s perfect for you.

The Case Study Ceramics® series is inspired by the prolific period in architecture and home furnishing designs immediately following WW2. All Modernica Case Study Ceramics® are high fired and handmade, using a jiggering tool for shaping, and finished on a potter’s wheel. None of the ceramics are slip cast molded.