photo by tj turner
Five years after setting up shop in a home garage, Golden Age Design finally has its own storefront.
Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Bill and Kara Kurth, the company began as something of a happy accident—the pair ended up with a garage full of furniture that didn’t work in their new home, so they decided to put it on Craigslist.
“There was no intention for Golden Age to really happen,” says Bill, who works full-time as a union painter. “I’m just a working Joe who likes fancy furniture.”
The company quickly developed a cult following for its curated selection of mid-century and Danish-modern furnishings, all restored to mint condition by Bill and a small team of craftsmen.
When the business eventually outgrew their garage (and Craigslist), the Kurths realized it was time to look for a storefront. They found it in the form of a 125-year-old building located across the street from Travail Kitchen & Amusements in Robbinsdale.
The renovation of the historic space, which formerly belonged to a locksmith, ended up taking a year and a half to complete. But it was worth the wait: The well-lit space is arranged with beautifully styled vignettes pulled straight from a modern home design magazine, and the original plaster walls add a unique edge and make a cool juxtaposition with the modern furniture.
Mid-century-modern furniture enthusiasts take note: The store is only open the third weekend of every month, so plan accordingly. For more casual shoppers, browsing Golden Age’s wares is a great way to pass the time spent waiting for a table at the always-packed Travail.
Open 3–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. every third weekend or by appointment.
4157 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale