Ulysses Modern

Ulysses Modern


My office is the small business portal for the State of Iowa and today’s offers mid-century modern at its finest! Meet Ryan and Clara Quinn, owners of Ulysses Modern in Iowa City, Iowa.

Established in the summer of 2020, Ulysses Modern offers a selection of handpicked mid-century modern, Danish, and Scandinavian furniture and housewares, along with vintage clothing and local studio art. Dedicated to helping things find their home, the couple is passionate about curating the best selection of goods for their customers.

Ulysses Modern offered Ryan and Clara the opportunity to pour themselves into their passion. Named after their late son, Ulysses Theodore Quinn, the store serves as a way to celebrate the life of their lost infant.

Ryan has been in love with mid-century design for as long as he can remember. Searching for mid-century modern gems is a treasure hunt for him. “If you love what you do, you are never really working. Seeing the enjoyment our customers get from discovering that perfect treasure for their home or wardrobe is priceless!”

Ryan and Clara hope to establish a thriving mid-century-modern community in Iowa City to encompass Ulysses Modern. “We think it’s an ideal spot to develop an entire vintage and antique shopping district that could attract customers from across the Midwest. While we continue to establish our own business, we are constantly encouraging, promoting, and networking with others who have a passion for the business.”

For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ulyssesmodern/ or stop by 1224 S Gilbert St. in Iowa City!
We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the amazing businesses who generously donated to our Eye Opener fundraiser this past Sunday. We couldn't have done it without you!

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Print is alive and well in the City of Lit!

We asked some friends to join us for an ode to the aesthetics of Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch with an Iowa City twist — 11 portraits celebrating 11 printed journals made right here in Iowa City. See the film, seek out these journals, and pose for your own portrait in our lobby set up curated by Ulysses Modern.

Also while you're at The Chauncey, make sure to peruse the display of some issues of the journals on loan from our lovely friends.

French Dispatch tickets -> www.icfilmscene.org/film/the-french-dispatch
Give the gift of home when you visit one of our local home furnishing stores with your Mom this Mother’s Day!

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Welcome new members Sidekick Coffee & Books, TRAIL of Johnson County, Ulysses Modern, and The KETO Kitchen. We are so happy to partner with you!
One of our newest members, Ulysses Modern is a treasure of fantastic vintage furniture and finds! Get out and visit them this weekend on South Gilbert St - Iowa City.
Steve got to do this cool stylized phoenix tattoo back in September on our good friend Clara, to go along with the praying hands done a few years ago below it. She and our good buddy Ryan own Ulysses Modern ,Iowa City’s new ultra hip mid century modern vintage store. They’ve always got a ton of cool stuff in stock, and add new items daily! Go check them out.👍😎💖 Ulysses Modern
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Inauguration rotation: 1/20/21.
Ulysses Modern is new, but what it’s selling isn’t. Ryan Quinn, formerly of Mad Modern, and Clara Quinn, his wife and business partner, have created a vintage shop filled with art, furniture, decorative items records, clothing and more.

“Good design is good design, and so we look for anything that’s unique or interesting or we’ve never seen before, and that sparks some kind of emotion in us,” Clara said. ”That’s the kind of stuff we like to keep in our shop.”

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/39Nxk7q

We discover and curate high-end midcentury modern furnishings and apparel.

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I’m in ❤️ with the perfectly aged teak finish & exquisite joinery of this piece! Made in Denmark, 525.00.

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🎄Sparkle your way to a vintage Holiday Season with this

Gift Certificates available for stocking stuffer and special occasion amounts (any amount)!

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Server, CREDENZA, Buffet or DRESSER - You’ve got it all in this one! The perfect utilitarian piece with an authentic vintage teak finish. Made in Denmark, 1550.00.

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More sleek teak furniture made in Denmark! This sweet piece features four drawers and three adjustable shelves in a pretty tiny footprint 👣. Enjoy the flexibility, with or without the top shelving piece. 595.00

24.5” wide, 19.5” deep and 25-72” tall

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Two is always better than one! Well, at least when it comes to vintage dressers. Another classic vintage set by Lane!

Gentlemen’s Chest ($525) - 38” wide, 18” deep and 44” tall

Long boy ($695) - 60” wide, 18” deep and 30” tall

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👀Not a piece you see everyday, this credenza has been attributed to early Modernism designer Maxime Old. Though this piece has a 50s vibe, it was probably designed in the early 1940s. Way ahead of its time! The geometric cabinet front design and pulls are to die ⚰️❤️for! Moderate vintage wear, 650.00.

54” wide, 19” deep and 32.23” tall


Just a reminder of our normal hours! SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!


Open till 5 today (Sunday)!

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Always ❤️ a little Heywood Wakefield in my life! Another great midwestern designer who designed classic MCM pieces and constructed them with quality materials at a modest price. This little 1950s footstool features a Ruby Red wool tufted upholstery on a solid maple base. 165.00

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Do 👱‍♀️ blondes have more fun? Well, this one’s a beauty! Perfect for storing your clothes in the bedroom, or as a large surface to set up your media center somewhere else in the house. 450.00

62” wide, 19” deep and 30.5” tall

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OPEN SUNDAY 11-5! Last day to save!

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This one has all the stuff - long, horizontal lines, sculpted pulls and braided details. 850.00 (take 20% off this Sat & Sun)

54” long, 17.5” deep and 30” tall

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50% off CLOTHING

We’re on the road (and closed)this week visiting family and picking up lot’s of 🔥finds. See you Saturday for our SALE!!!

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🍯Perfectly aged honey colored maple with clean, classic early MCM lines! Form & function… 395.00 (THONET chair - 135.00).

54” wide, 26” deep and 29.25” tall


STOP BY TODAY (Sunday)- OPEN 11am to 5pm

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👀Yup, look again… 8 feet of striped heaven! This lovely gal was recovered in the 1970s in a classic neutral stripe, features solid walnut trim, and is in near perfect condition. Designed by the infamous Adrian Pearsall, one of America’s best! 2600.00

8’ long, 30” tall, 17.5” seat height

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Inset dog-bone 🦴 drawer pulls and solid teak construction. Designed by Paul Cadovius. I’m eatin’it up! ❤️ 650.00

35” long, 18.5” deep and 26” tall

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Clean, low lines with crushed velvet original upholstery! 950.00

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Classic style and solid wood construction! 425.00

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✨NEW VINTAGE TREASURES ARRIVING DAILY✨ Pay Ryan a visit and check out his most recent finds!


✨ULYSSES MODERN✨🎁GIFT CERTIFICATE🎁 Available for any amount

Do you have a special person in your life who is impossible to shop for? DON’T WORRY - We’ve got you covered with a gift certificate! Perfect for that person in your life who enjoys the hunt for that vintage treasure. 🎄🕎🎅

Side note - I ❤️the holidays, but become increasingly aware of our commercialized, throw away culture that produces so much waste. Whether it’s with us or someone else, please consider or gifts & decorations for your loved ones & home this holiday season.

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👀I have a feeling a JoCo enthusiast is going to need this in their life…

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😜Wishing the weather was warm enough to worry about bugs 🦟 instead of ice 🧊! Check out our wide selection of and layer it up with a funky for warmth this frosty winter.

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🌬Old time winter❄️is his way!💨 Time to cozy up with a perfectly broken in flannel. Don’t forget to work those Midwestern layers!

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Can’t say enough how much we ❤️this classic American line by Stanley! This example features an indestructible laminate top, perfect for that holiday spread without having to worry about messes leaving a mark! OR as a dresser and use those side cabinets for stacking jeans & sweaters. 585.00

50” long, 17.75” deep and 30” tall

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👀How many LPs do you think this rad double stack record cabinet holds? Bring it home, pack it full & tally it up! WE WANT TO KNOW! Lot’s of storage plus the perfect spot for your record player in a small 👣 footprint just in time to let your holiday jams roll🎄🎵. 325.00

27.75” wide, 18.25” deep and 33.5” tall

Check out our wide selection of vintage jazz, country, rock & more while you’re at the shop!



I’m ❤️’n this 70s chevron upholstery in shades of ☀️sunshine! Thank you Grams for all those years under the plastic! I can hardly find an imperfection, and the foam is soft and cushy as can be. Short, inset legs give the illusion that it’s floating barely off the ground. 895.00


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Perfect an office, great room or bedroom! This modular piece has endless choices for configuration, or separate it into two single shelving units for either sides of a window or a bed. Walnut construction and white laminate cabinet tops mean it should last another 50 years! Plus a custom glass writing surface for the desk.

Each set of rails MUST be set 32” apart from center to hold shelves and cabinetry. Thankfully that’s the stand distance between studs, BUT SMALLER THAN MOST WINDOWS. It will work best on a long empty wall. 1375.00

Rails are approx 70” tall (2 are actually shorter)
Total width is 8’2”
Cabinets & Shelves are 32” wide
Walnut construction

Local delivery available but does not include installation. Ask if you need help and we can give you the info of a pro carpenter who can complete the job for you!

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Originally designed in 1957, Broyhill continued to produce the “Sculptura” line through the early 60s. It speaks Midcentury in a more refined breath. This one is def up there for one of my favorite broadly manufactured American MCM lines!

Clean, understated details with sold walnut construction. It offers flexibility to either be used as a classic hutch, or lose the top and it’s the perfect petite credenza for your entertainment or household needs. Plenty of storage in a modest footprint! 👣795.00

Base: 38.5” wide, 17” deep and 28.5” tall
Top: 38 1/8” wide, 13” deep and 39.75” tall
Total height: 68.25”

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Soft, broken brown leather in a small, MCM footprint. Lounge in the manner that makes you happy! 325.00

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Old school Scandinavian wear on a classic Danish teak cabinet! 595.00

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Clean, organic vintage design that compliments any style! Have you always dreamed of soft, low light in a classic MCM form? Hang it, swag it , love it! This George Nelson Bubble Lamp fixture is perfect for above the dining room table or the living room or swagged beside the perfect reading chair! 225.00

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This piece features beautiful natural walnut drawers and sides with an indestructible laminate top! Perfect for the bedroom, living room or dining room. 450.00

60” long, 18” deep and 30” tall

Ryan’s running the shop today, pay him a visit!



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1224 S Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

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