Let's Talk: The Inspiration Behind The Modern Shop

Let's Talk: The Inspiration Behind The Modern Shop

It’s been a while since our last Let’s Talk blog and so to jump back into this series we caught up with Michael, the founder of The Modern Shop. The Modern Shop opened in 2010, in Ottawa, to provide Canadians with fine modern lighting and furniture. In addition to their physical locations they have created an online modern design shopping experience for Canadians to get their hands on some of the best designer brands in the world.  

Let’s chat!

How did you start The Modern Shop?

I opened The Modern Shop in 2010 after selling vintage modern design furniture for almost 10 years. I realized that there was really no way to buy modern design in Canada online or in Ottawa, so I opened up a shop at our original location on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South.


How did your passion for modern design begin?

I bought and sold vintage mid-century modern furniture for about 10 years prior to opening The Modern Shop. 

What are some factors that have attributed to your success? 

Being one of the first in Canada to offer authentic modern design furniture online. We also teamed up with Shopify early, they helped build our brand while we were guinea pigs in their early platform.

What are your favourite products that you sell?

I love the Moooi brand. Almost every product they release is magical.  

Do you ship many of your accessory products?  

We ship everything from $1 erasers to $50,000 chandeliers all over the country.

What were some of your struggles with packaging?

Box sizing. We sell a wide range of products of all shapes and sizes. It’s really difficult to find the perfect box to fit our needs.

How important is packaging to you? 

Great first impression, secondly and most importantly it must do a good job protecting the product in transit. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Keep finding new and inspiring designs to offer Canadians. 

 

 





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