IT WAS AN OLD DRESSER that started Mat Anderson on his career path.
He and his wife had just bought a house when Mat decided to fix and refurbish a midcentury dresser for their new home. He liked the result so much that he began buying and refinishing old chests of drawers from the ’60s and ’70s, then selling them on Craigslist. When business took off and vintage furniture became hard to find, he realized he could make his own midcentury-inspired pieces from scratch. So in 2015, he started North Coast Modern, building retro-hip dressers, credenzas, night stands, media stands and vanities.
Anderson, 38, bases his furniture on classic designs like Broyhill’s Brasilia, with its famous swoops and lines. He makes most of his products out of walnut veneer or solid walnut with tapered legs, soft-close doors and full-extension drawer slides. Some feature painted drawer or door fronts. Anderson also does custom bathroom vanities with midcentury-modern lines for people with Streng and Eichler homes. His website features an “online builder” that allows customers to get an instant price quote.
Until recently, Anderson worked out of a 4,000-square-foot workshop in Paradise. When the Camp Fire destroyed most of the town last fall, he relocated to nearby Chico. But work didn’t stop; he says he’s busier than ever and even has a waiting list. Prices start at about $1,300 for a credenza. northcoastmodern.com.