Parting Shot: Midcentury Rejuvenator

John Reyno re-weaves the seat using Danish paper cord on a 40-year-old Niels Møller dining chair, one of eight belonging to a client.

Reyno’s company, Hawaii Modern, specializes in refurbishing midcentury modern – furniture whose design originated in the middle of the 20th century.

“My main thing is saving these great design pieces that have been around for decades. They are high-quality pieces that can continue on for years,” he says.

Reyno is a longtime collector and hobbyist restorer who founded his business in 2015 by acquiring, refurbishing and then selling classic furniture. COVID-19 suspended his search for furniture so he has begun taking on select restoration work for clients.

“I’m just a stoked, passionate collector who is willing to share my knowledge with people,” he says.

Time: Monday, 9:23 AM

Location: Hawaii Modern

Photographer: Aaron K. Yoshino


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