Inside Dominic Fasano's Midcentury Modern Al Beadle Condo in Arcadia

Dominic Fasano and Alba Serrato take us on a tour of their Al Beadle condominium.EXPAND
Dominic Fasano and Alba Serrato take us on a tour of their Al Beadle condominium.
Katie Johnson

"Everybody knowns mid-century is a money maker," Dominic Fasano says.

He's sitting on his Paul McCobb-designed Widdicomb couch with his girlfriend Alba Serrato and their French bulldog Remi, in the small but well-staged 1965 Al Beadle Boardwalk condominium that they share.

From big-time TV shows like Mad Men to highly publicized local events like the Modern Phoenix Home Tour, there's no denying the high appraisal for the Atomic Age.

For Fasano, however, mid-century isn't just a way to make money, it's a way of life. 

Dominic Fasano and Alba Serrato spend a Tuesday afternoon off picking, eating, and spending time with their French bulldog, Remi.EXPAND
Dominic Fasano and Alba Serrato spend a Tuesday afternoon off picking, eating, and spending time with their French bulldog, Remi.
Katie Johnson

For six years, Fasano has been buying, selling, and collecting vintage furniture and decor, working his way from professional picker to established dealer at Modern Manor, a vintage furniture store on Phoenix's Melrose Curve. Before that, Fasano was a professional chef,  working in the kitchen at places like Palette and Jobot. While it might seem like a total career 180, Fasano says that's he's always been concerned with staging.

"I remember being a little boy and my mom would say, 'Clean your room.' I wouldn't clean it up. I would have to take everything and throw it in the hallway, put it back together in a different fashion and then I would have to show someone what I did."

It's this mentality that makes for an ever-changing interior at the Fasano-Alba home. Not one for passing up a good deal or a rare find, Fasano is constantly bringing home mid-century treasures, treasures that overflow into his front and back patios. 

While many of these pieces will be resold at Modern Manor or through Fasano's Instagram account (you can follow him @domfasano), plenty have found a permanent place in Fasano's own home.

The hanging bubble chair may not be the most practical piece of furniture but it certainly makes the room, well, groovy.EXPAND
The hanging bubble chair may not be the most practical piece of furniture but it certainly makes the room, well, groovy.
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Some of Fasano's favorites include the industrial bingo sign that serves as the focal point of his living room (with origins that Fasano is reluctant to disclose) and the rare blue mosaic coffee table that he found at Red Modern. 

But Fasano's real pride and joy? That would have to his Hans Wagner Papa Bear Chair that he bought from fellow dealer and Modern Manor owner, Ryan Durkin.

"It makes you feel like a boss," jokes Serrato, a hair stylist turned florist at Camelback Flowershop who shares Fasano's love of searching and staging.

On their days off, both Fasano and Serrato can be found scouring their favorite thrift shops, antique malls, and hidden hotspots around town. For this couple, there's no such thing as one-stop shopping. 

"I hate it when people say, 'Oh, that store sucks,'" Fasano says. "Just because you spent one Saturday or Sunday going to a Goodwill or a Salvation Army and didn't find anything, doesn't mean that store sucks. You have to be persistent."

This vintage Bitossi clock is timeless.EXPAND
This vintage Bitossi clock is timeless.
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Persistence has certainly paid off, as evidenced by other rare pieces in the house: an Eames Hang-It-All in the bedroom, a vintage Bitossi Rimini blue wall clock in the kitchen, and, our personal favorite, the hanging bubble chair in the second bedroom. 

Obviously, not everything in the home is strictly mid-century. Fasano incorporates a subtle but complimentary blend of 1970s grooviness, '80s glam, and modern aesthetic. His home decor is predominantly pre-owned, picked up anywhere from estate states to alleys on trash day.

"Growing up buying people's stuff that they didn't want — junk, garbage — taught me that everything has a value to someone," he says. "It's only worth what someone is willing to pay."

While Fasano might not be willing to reveal his most prized picking spots, he says that most of his usual shops can be found simply by entering "antiques" into a GPS device.

Being a professional picker does have some serious benefits. Pictured at left is Fasano's prized Hans Wagner Papa Bear Chair.EXPAND
Being a professional picker does have some serious benefits. Pictured at left is Fasano's prized Hans Wagner Papa Bear Chair.
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From his dealings with clients in New York, California, and Oregon, Fasano has found that Arizona remains by contrast a goldmine for undiscovered retro antiques, yet to be completely picked over by design-conscious dealers.

And through's there's plenty of competition in Phoenix for finding and selling vintage decor, Fasano says business is anything but slow. Because of this, he and Serrato are constantly having to compromise with space, whether it's in their two small sedans, or their two-bedroom condominium.

And yet somehow, they not only make it work, they make it wow. 

The Boardwalk is one of Al Beadle's many Phoenix-area designs.EXPAND
The Boardwalk is one of Al Beadle's many Phoenix-area designs.
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Serrato brings serious flower power into the home, thanks to her job at Camelback Flowershop.EXPAND
Serrato brings serious flower power into the home, thanks to her job at Camelback Flowershop.
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Fasano really hit the jackpot with this vintage bingo sign.EXPAND
Fasano really hit the jackpot with this vintage bingo sign.
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This mosaic coffee table delivers a solid burst of color to the living room.EXPAND
This mosaic coffee table delivers a solid burst of color to the living room.
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Let there be mid-century light.EXPAND
Let there be mid-century light.
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Finally, a breakfast table that we'd actually want to eat at.EXPAND
Finally, a breakfast table that we'd actually want to eat at.
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Talk about some sweet dreams and sweet digs.EXPAND
Talk about some sweet dreams and sweet digs.
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A C. Jere piece hangs above the bed.EXPAND
A C. Jere piece hangs above the bed.
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Fasano's condo reflects many styles.EXPAND
Fasano's condo reflects many styles.
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