This Del Ray Classic Store Specializes in Midcentury-Present day Furnishings and Barware

The George is a new classic, mid-century household furniture keep in Del Ray. Showcased listed here: a Broyhill Sculptra gentlemen’s chest, a Lane surfboard facet table, and a Gunlocke arm chair. Photograph courtesy of Teri Brake.

Interest, layout-obsessed Washingtonians: There is a new classic furnishings store in the region.

The George Classic & Structure, which opened earlier this summer in Del Ray, specializes in midcentury-modern-day items. The 1,000- sq.-foot shop, situated on Mount Vernon Avenue, carries classic home furnishings, rugs, glassware, and other household add-ons, as perfectly as candles and artwork by Alexandria makers like ISO Candles and artist Nina Louise.

The George is positioned on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Photograph courtesy of Teri Brake.

The owner, Teri Brake, is a longtime lover and collector of vintage and midcentury parts. Pre-pandemic, she was residing in New York and functioning in company America as a main of personnel. But when Covid strike, she took off on an extended road excursion that in the end introduced her to Alexandria. She liked it so a great deal, she decided to remain for good. She also resolved to convert her passion into a total-time gig. She introduced The George in June, naming it just after her 7-calendar year-previous Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Buyers can typically obtain the pup, who’s named just after George Washington, hanging out in the shop. “He requires his obligations as greeter very critically,” Brake says.

The store’s namesake, George. Photograph courtesy of Teri Brake.
A Milo Baughman for Style and design Institute of America espresso desk and two 1960s swivel barrel chairs. Photograph courtesy of Teri Brake.

Brake centered the retail store about midcentury household furniture for the reason that she enjoys it, but the style’s cleanse strains and easy structures also make it anything of an aesthetic chameleon. “Vintage midcentury pieces are quickly put into any design since they really do not conflict with what men and women typically have,” she states. She sources all the items from throughout the place herself, and will take treatment to curate a selection which is high quality and in superior issue. Brake delivers design solutions, too, encouraging consumers repurpose and rearrange currently-owned goods from their dwelling, and sourcing new items for them. 

Even though most of the goods in Brake’s store are from the 1960s, she also carries a couple of from the ’50s and ’70s. Her most loved items presently for sale consist of a pair of 1960s Milo Baughman-encouraged tub swivel chairs in initial orange velvet, a number of items from Herman Miller (the furnishings business behind famed parts like the Eames chair), and a established of 1960s Danish teak eating home chairs. And Brake constantly carries a selection of classic barware and espresso and tea mugs, which are also favorites of hers.

When replicas of initial midcentury-modern model are widespread in today’s big box stores—think West Elm or Target—Brake states it is ideal to keep out and wait until eventually you find an reliable vintage piece you actually enjoy. It might charge a lot more up entrance, but a effectively-preserved piece of first midcentury-modern furnishings will very likely be a greater expense and higher top quality. “Slower style is the best layout,” she claims. “Be individual with a room.”

Brake’s favorite part of her new occupation is the total-circle character of classic looking: “It will hardly ever be missing on me when an individual arrives in and they decide on a thing that I have sourced and curated and they want to incorporate that into their personal properties,” she states. “I’m really grateful for that. It won’t ever get previous.”

The George Vintage & Design 2210 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria Thursday to Friday: 11 AM to 6 PM Saturday: 10 AM. to 5 PM. Sunday: 11 AM to 3 PM.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

House & Characteristics Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Write-up, Garden & Gun, Outside the house Journal, Washington Town Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. At first from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.