Service Brown   Chris Houston (proprietor)


At Service Brown, formerly known as Modern Artifacts, we've dedicated the last 25 years to presenting what we consider exceptional examples of postwar art and design.




Photo by Michael Boyd


With the help of experienced vendors, we balance professional restoration with genuine patina and period-appropriate choices.

Furniture is vetted and professionally restored to its former luster and usefulness.

Art is selected for relevance and competence offering some level of rigor and vitality and presented with an eye toward proper conservation and uncompromising framework.

It's  a fresh look in a naturalized setting.  





Despite a focus on postwar items, our inventory stretches beyond mid-century modern.

The search for objects offering structural integrity, artistic vision and historical significance-what we referred to as "modern artifacts"- pushes us forward into the postmodern era and rearward into early modern.











No matter the period, our inventory is geared against short sighted consumption of compromised design and unconsidered art.

We have no patience for items presented as affordable alternatives to a "costlier" investment in quality.











Our expertise is built on years of considered restoration. 

We are unmoved and unimpressed by the business model where goods are dropped onto the conveyer belt of commerce and offered "as is," or in, "all original condition" or with the currently popular caveat, "wear consistent with age." 















Too often, we "consumers," ultimately, not only "get what we pay for," but pay for what we get.

We pay to own it.  We pay to fix it.  That failing, we pay to sell it-or "recycle" it.  Then we pay to replace it and start all over again.

Such destructive "choices," promote environmental degradation, needless cost and, frankly, bad interiors.





At Service Brown, we also question excessive reliance upon new manufacturing and thoughtless transport of goods around the planet. 

Globalized trolling not only consumes limited resources, but also obscures both the value of items already at hand and our potential to appreciate and salvage the world around us.










Interiors reflect our relationship with the natural world. 

We look forward to working with clients who value an informed imagination and who consider their interior space an extension of a shared environment in need of serious attention.

Please email all requests or inquiries. Thank you.  <>