Modern Resale makes tomorrow’s design classics accessible today. We specialize in procuring and selling recent and classic modern designer furniture, lighting and accessories. We carry only the most exceptional pieces with recognized design pedigrees so that when you purchase through us you are guaranteed a durable, heirloom quality piece of authored design.
Modern Resale launched in 2012 with the goal of exposing more people to top-brand modern design at attainable prices. Architects, interior designers and design students know and covet the brands that we work with because they understand and appreciate forward thinking design and lasting quality stemming from excellence in craftsmanship and ever-evolving technology. Consumers love us because we offer an alternative to buying copies and reproductions—and once someone is exposed to original authored design, they never want to go back. It is our belief that good design does not just look good; it also makes you feel good!
Founders Sarah Whipple and Stacia Vinar have 30+ years of combined experience in the high-end furniture and design industry. During this time they have developed an expert curatorial eye and intimate knowledge of the most influential brands and designers. They know the value of exceptional, modern furniture. Upon realizing that there was an increasing need for attainable, high-end modern furniture, they developed a new niche focused on making carefully selected, pre-owned pieces accessible to more consumers. Thus, Modern Resale was born in Los Angeles, home to one of the largest design districts in the world.
Sarah Whipple, Co-Founder
With a focus on minimal, conceptually based sculpture, Sarah became a fixture in the Chicago arts community making and showing art for eight years with notable success. Then, in 1998 she moved to Los Angeles to further her development as a fine artist, expanding her interests to include interior design. She began working in sales and marketing for high-end contemporary design and ultimately launched and managed the B&B Italia showroom in Los Angeles. During that time, Sarah developed trusted relationships with an exclusive client base as well as industry insiders both locally and abroad. Her discerning eye, marketing skills and trade related experience in customer service lead her to her current endeavor in Modern Resale with partner Stacia Vinar.
Stacia Vinar, Co-Founder
Stacia Vinar studied Italian at the University of Minnesota before embarking for Italy her senior year. What was meant to be one year abroad turned into a seven-year emergence into Italian design and arts culture. Stacia developed an exports company during her stay and made frequent trips to the States bringing cutting-edge Italian design to the US market. During a business trip to Los Angeles, Stacia was offered a position at Diva, the Italian design furniture showroom in West Hollywood. Focusing on marketing and sales, Stacia developed an impressive roster of clients, including industry leaders in the disciplines of hospitality, residential and public project design. Stacia's entrepreneurial spirit and love of design culture led her to co-create Modern Resale, a new business model that merges all aspects of her passions.