Barry Rice has spent the past 20 years building a personal collection of 20th-century lighting, furniture and art. Having long ago run out of space to display it all, he launched a business to celebrate modernism and channel his collecting compulsions.

Full Circle Modern specializes in the best of modern design, focusing on creators who flourished during the second half of the 20th century, with an emphasis on quality designer pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. Inventory includes the work of Paul Evans, Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, Charles Hollis Jones, Tommi Parzinger, Harvey Probber, Milo Baughman, and Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, among others, with a particular affection for pieces best described as functional art.

Dominant materials are shiny metals, polished lucite and glass, expressive burl wood, and patinated bronze, as well as exotic finishes such as shagreen, horn and goatskin. Barry appreciates that modernism is not a straight line, but rather a boisterous conversation. On the surface, brutalism might not seem to have much in common with the rock-star-chic furniture of the 1970s, but both share roots in earlier branches of modernism. And both find a comfortable place in Full Circle Modern’s inventory.

Highlights of the collection can be seen at The Gallery at 200 Lex on the 10th floor of the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., in Manhattan. The rest of the collection is stored in our Brooklyn warehouse. All inventory can be perused on our website.

We’re always looking for new quality pieces, so please contact us if you have something that might be of interest.

In addition to offering a curated inventory, Full Circle Modern strives to provide outstanding service to retail and trade customers, from locating a desired piece to reupholstering a chair in your own material.

Full Circle Modern places the highest priority on providing our clients complete information about our inventory’s condition and beauty. All pieces are carefully inspected, expertly restored when necessary, and accurately represented by the best photography in the business.

Expect to find the unexpected—refurbished, re-contextualized, and ready for your home or project.

Barry Rice  (Photo by Peter Ross)

Barry Rice
(Photo by Peter Ross)