The Bonnie and John Edelman Personal Modern Collection Sale.

John Edelman exploring the Paris flea market.

When DWR CEO John Edelman left his first career in the shoe business and went into leather, he had a lot to learn about furniture, so he started visiting flea markets regularly. “It was like going to university,” he says. “I learned so much each time I went.”

It was at this time that John met his wife Bonnie, who shared his passion for modern design. “Looking for vintage treasures together was part of our developing love affair,” he says. “We have a shared aesthetic.”

Edelman test-driving vintage finds in Paris.

The couple’s first flea market purchase was an incredible looking, sleek recliner. Three months later, they bought a second recliner just like the first. They didn’t know who the designer was until the purchase of their third piece, and that’s when they learned that they were collecting Milo Baughman.

A few of the many Milo Baughman chairs you’ll find at the sale.

Nineteen years later, this obsessive hobby has left Bonnie and John with an unmatched collection of vintage modern furniture by Milo, Eames, Heywood-Wakefield, Saarinen and countless others that they’ve brought home from flea markets all over the world. When they ran out of room in their home, they quickly filled a warehouse with their finds.

The Time-Life Chair by Charles and Ray Eames is just one of the treasures you’ll find at this sale.

While they love every piece in their collection, it makes them sad that so much of it is in storage and isn’t being enjoyed. “We’re never going to use it all and at this stage in our lives we need to create space for new passions,” John says.

That’s why they’ve decided to sell their collection. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop from the best flea market finds discovered by two of the top collectors of vintage modern design.

The Bonnie and John Edelman Personal Modern Collection Sale
September 12–13, 9am–1pm
80 Pickett District Road
New Milford, CT

5% of net proceeds will be donated to DIFFA
Cash and checks only; no credit cards

When you’re at the sale, be sure to check out the wonderful vintage labels on these pieces.