Have you ever watched Moe Prigoff on A & E Storage Wars, Texas? What makes him so lovable? Is it his charming ways or his dapper fashion sense? No matter, this funny gentlemen is a Mid Century Modern furnishing expert who has an experienced knack to find decor gems. He has been a collector of modern furniture and antiques for over 30 years and has opened up a gallery of all his favorite things. So if you are in Dallas,Texas, go visit Moe at his shop the River Regency Modern.
There is an art to knowing what could be valuable in a sea of junk. And Moe's got IT! I am happy to share an interview with Moe today!
WHAT FIRES YOU UP ABOUT MID CENTURY MOD FURNISHINGS?
Clean lines, natural elements, longevity and color influence.
LESSONS LEARNED ON STORAGE WARS?
It’s a tough way to make a living. What you expect to find in a unit isn’t always what you end up with. I’ve bought a lot of duds! And if you think it’s a dud, more than likely so does everyone else. Hence the junkyard that was once my garage.
MOST IMPACTFUL FURNISHING YOU HAVE FOUND AND WHY?
When buying from estates or bidding on storage units, you never know what you will come across. We see a lot of home furniture, broken electronics and bric a brac. Occasionally you find a great treasure hidden among the cast offs. My favorite was a lithograph by Alexander Calder. I have always been a fan of his work and never would have dreamed I would find one of his works in a storage unit. Low and behold, I found two litho’s in one locker. One was a work by Peter Maxx, and the other by Calder. It was a great day!
FALL IS HERE AND THE CURRENT TREND IS AN EARTHY VIBE. DO YOU VIBE WITH THIS TREND?
There is nothing more earthy than wood and metal, in combination or otherwise. I love it! One of my favorite designers is Frank Lloyd Wright. He was all about bringing the outdoors in.
BEST ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE UNDER THE GUN? Give things a second look. When in a hurry, we often miss things such as damage and repair. Those two things alone can make a huge difference in value. Slow down and spend the extra time to look closely at the item you are purchasing. Once you’ve bought it, it’s yours!
WHAT MANTRA ARE YOU LIVING BY LATELY?
Call me old school, but my mantra has always been the same. Live by the Golden Rule. Treat others like you would want to be treated yourself. It’s just that simple.
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