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Forgotten furniture and abandoned antiques get a second life at Modern Vintage Design Studio in Sandwich.

Photo by Ashleigh Bennett

Crupi-Dulmaine followed a similar path. She grew up in Sandwich and spent her childhood sewing with her aunt and enjoying other crafts. After college, she worked as a graphic creative director, taking textile and surface design classes on the side. She began designing swatches and shipping the pieces out for fun. After having a child in 2011, she stopped working full time and decided to pursue her own interests.

Schober and Crupi-Dulmaine have known each other since childhood. Both women attended Simmons College in Boston. Both simultaneously developed an interest in furniture and fabric, and soon began designing fabric swatches and restoring furniture in Crupi-Dulmaine’s basement. What started out as a hobby quickly grew into a business after the pair started brainstorming ideas.

Forgotten furniture and abandoned antiques get a second life at Modern Vintage Design Studio in Sandwich.

Photo by Ashleigh Bennett

In September of 2011, the two began to collaborate in earnest. They looked into opening their own store and studio. “We didn’t want to keep doing craft fairs, and we needed work space. It was getting too hard to do all of this at home as the business grew,” Crupi-Dulmaine says.

The studio and shop today overflow with an abundance of fascinating furniture: repurposed and redesigned vanities, tables, chairs, bed frames, benches, and desks. Schober spends several hours each week combing flea markets, estate sales, yard sales, consignment shops, and searching Craigslist to find the perfect pieces.



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