Admittedly, Pieces Unimagined’s storefront is relatively plain-Jane—and it hardly conveys the treasures that are contained inside, such as vintage curiosities, reclaimed furnishings and industrial design accents. It’s immediately obvious to even the casual shopper that this store was curated with care, expertise and attractive design in mind.
Owner Ky Stolldorf has been an antiques collector since he was a child, and owned an antiques emporium for twenty years in Illinois. “I have loved industrial design for the home for years before people were integrating it into their homes,” he says. “So being surrounded by mechanical wonders that create thought for me and conversations for guests is important to me.”
Employee Brooke Seeliger echoes his enthusiasm and notes the shop is not a junk store, consignment shop or flea market. “We showcase home design,” she says. “We were created around home design.”
The blank-canvas space of concrete and brick is deliberate to let the pieces shine—like a foundry cart turned into a coffee table, an old Ford truck logo that’s now a wall hanging and lots of barware. Heck, even the sound system is a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Each product is categorized on its price tag as vintage, reclaimed or nouveaux, with ideas on how shoppers could use it in their homes. Stolldorf also carries Wisconsin-based artisans’ work like furniture, accessories and jewelry.
It’s just the “bizarre, intriguing and wonder-invoking” space that Stolldorf wanted.
“Our furniture is the kind that lasts, and your heirs will fight over,” Stolldorf jokes. “Our accents are creative, some new and some old. Some very old, but all beautiful and useful.”
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