Iowa Mid-Century Modern (IMCM) is a group that partners with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and the community.
IMCM is a collective dedicated to building a local community of design enthusiasts. We believe both great mid-century design and a great audience for that design exist in Iowa. Together we can share our passion for mid-century design, architecture, art, and fashion to educate, preserve our heritage, give back to our community, support local businesses, and ultimately foster a lasting appreciation for a remarkable era of design.
The Iowa Mid-Century Modern board is composed of passionate vintage enthusiasts and local business owners. The board organizes community events, shares ideas and resources, promotes small businesses, and moderates the community page.
IMCM gives back to the community through partnering with non-profits, donating to charities, and featuring fundraisers that support mid century architecture and lifestyle in Iowa.
Photography by Ray Fredregill
meet the members
What started as a harmless infatuation with MCM grew into a passionate affair that gave birth to love child Funky Finds Vintage & Retro (Excuse the metaphor. Suzie was a birth doula in her previous career). Growing up in the era of halter tops and hip huggers, flower-power prints and MOD design was a blast. But it’s the people who love MCM that Suzie loves best. She strives to build a community of like-minded enthusiasts and bring them together through shared interests, like the Iowa MCM Home Tour and other events. Working with other small businesses to promote their success and a spirit of cooperation, as well as bringing public awareness and support to the mid-century era has been her ongoing philosophy.
Meaghan is a graphic designer, small business manager, and vintage enthusiast. Born and raised in Des Moines, she finds inspiration in the city's historic design and architecture. When she and her husband aren't redecorating their Beaverdale bungalow, they're on the hunt for mid-century wares throughout the great state of Iowa and beyond. She's always been a collector––it's in her genes––but her love of mid-century began in her college years when she started managing Funky Finds Vintage & Retro. She also owns her own business and blog, Kitschy Cat Vintage.
Austin Van Laar
Austin Van Laar is an art director and avid collector, restorer and dealer of mid-century modern design. Raised on old movies, 1960s television and estate auctions, Austin quickly developed an obsession with mid-century design. Early collections of cameras and Christmas ornaments eventually morphed into furniture and art. Along the way, he learned furniture refinishing from his mother and has continued to grow his skills, always curious to learn more advanced techniques. On a sunny day you might see Austin tooling around in his 1967 Sedan de Ville—but you’re much more likely to bump into him at a thrift store just about any day of the year.
Angela is a mom, graphic designer, and mid-century modern enthusiast. By day, she shuttles children around to school, the zoo, the art museum, and sometimes the local thrift stores. By night, she is filling up all her spare time with freelance graphic design projects or renovating their 1958 mid-century modern home in southwest Iowa.
Jill is a mid-century enthusiast. Collecting for over 10 years, she has curated a home full of mid-century madness. She is often found around town in vintage wear. Her day job takes her across the Midwest and has allowed for hunting and thrifting in many small towns! Decorating and organizing are passions of hers, and she loves spending time at her mid-century lake house on the Lake of the Ozarks whenever she can.
Amy Keiderling is the owner of Modville, as well as an adventure guide with Modville Tours. Amy has always been an avid collector of anything vintage; the instant connection a piece gives you to a memory or story is why she loves her fab finds. Amy's passion grew stronger when she met Keith, as his passion for custom vintage cars, motorcycles, and random collectibles grew their collection. When Amy and Keith are not taking adventure lovers on chartered bus vacations or riding around on their motorcycles, you will find them lounging in Modville or out searching for another piece and their story. Amy encourages everyone to find their story, their fab finds, and adventures!
Steve's passion for the business is deep-seated. When he was young, he loved everything his grandmother had in her home. He started A-OK Antiques in 1986 and his vintage clothing store, Atomic Garage, in 1997. He renovated his building and added Atomic Blond Mid Century Modern Gallery Loft almost 15 years ago. Steve has spent his entire career searching for the best antique shops, antique shows, and private collections, always wanting to be involved with the best. He's set up and sold at antique, modern, vintage clothing, and antique advertising shows from Miami to Los Angeles, Massachusetts to San Francisco, Chicago, and anywhere in-between. He loves conducting estate and tag sales; it's a great way for him to give back to clients that need to make some life-changing moves. Denise Boses from Off The Wall in Los Angeles has been a great mentor of Steve for nearly 25 years. Steve's daily mantra is "Mind thy shop and thy shop will mind thee."