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Living in chicago | shops Fly the Co-op Two midcentury masterminds know what it takes to build character in the home: a little history, great craftsmanship and a sense of humor. By Diana Bitting and hannah cole Photography by cynthia Lynn modern family owners Tiffany Paige and mike Biersma relax with their beloved pooch in their Pilsen shop, which features window artworks by emmy Star Brown. 72 InTerIors wInTer 2014 If Mike Biersma and Tiffany Paige of Modern Cooperative (moderncooperative.com) in Pilsen had a time machine, they’d probably set it to 1950 and never come back. The midcentury enthusiasts, whose furniture and decor store is beloved by neighbors and devoted destination shoppers alike, have recently relocated their store to another era as well—the 1892 theater building named Thalia Hall that sits on the corner of 18th and Allport. The newly renovated vintage structure proves the perfect setting for the eclectic store, where classic antiques and ’50s and ’60s modern meets handmade one-off furniture and accessory items. In addition, Biersma and Paige participate in the Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays open studios event each month, where local artists showcase their creations—including Devin Jorgenson and his trash-to-treasure takes (like repurposed rope lights from extension cords and furniture from discarded wood and steel), and Emmy Star Brown, who uses vintage glass windows as canvases for her beautifully intricate drawings. Another pro resulting from the change in address: More square footage allows for more space to fill, which delights Paige. “We’re pretty much always shopping,” she says. “I grew up in a flea-marketing-slash-antiquing family, so I like to hit the road with my dog and search for good finds around the Midwest.” 1215 W 18th St, 312.226.8525, moderncooperative.com

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Diana Bitting And Hannah Cole

Two midcentury masterminds know what it takes to build character in the home: a little history, great craftsmanship and a sense of humor.

If Mike Biersma and Tiffany Paige of Modern Cooperative (moderncooperative.com) in Pilsen had a time machine, they’d probably set it to 1950 and never come back. The midcentury enthusiasts, whose furniture and decor store is beloved by neighbors and devoted destination shoppers alike, have recently relocated their store to another era as well—the 1892 theater building named Thalia Hall that sits on the corner of 18th and Allport.

The newly renovated vintage structure proves the perfect setting for the eclectic store, where classic antiques and ’50s and ’60s modern meets handmade one-off furniture and accessory items. In addition, Biersma and Paige participate in the Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays open studios event each month, where local artists showcase their creations—including Devin Jorgenson and his trash-totreasure takes (like repurposed rope lights from extension cords and furniture from discarded wood and steel), and Emmy Star Brown, who uses vintage glass windows as canvases for her beautifully intricate drawings.

Another pro resulting from the change in address: More square footage allows for more space to fill, which delights Paige. “We’re pretty much always shopping,” she says. “I grew up in a flea-marketing-slash-antiquing family, so I like to hit the road with my dog and search for good finds around the Midwest.” 1215 W 18th St, 312.226.8525, moderncooperative.Com

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