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Vintage Favorites

Once a week we comb through the new listing from our favorite local antique and vintage shops.  This week was especially good, so we though we'd share with you our favorites.  The theme is Mid-Century Modern, so be prepared to see some extremely iconic Mid-Century Modern design.  From Knoll to McCobb, here are our favorites:

1.  Pair of Club Chairs by Florence Knoll at Sultana, $3,800


2.  Pair of Painted Mid Century mirrors at Sarlo, $2,180


3.  Borge Mogensen Dining Set at Modern Artifacts, $8,500

New Lighting at MoMA Store

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is always a great place to gather inspiration from, so we expect the same from the store. We check out the latest additions to the heavily curated store whenever we can.  Lately they've been heavy on the gift items, but they did recently add some desk lamps to the mix.  From the iconic Mid-Century Modern designers to the cool and contemporary, here are our favorites: 

1.  Akari Paper Lantern Table Lamp
Isamu Noguchi, 1952, $225

2.  Nesso Table Lamp

40% Off at kàrikter

Since international jet-setting is being put on hold for the time being, why not decorate your apartment with a little reminder of the good ol' days? kàrikter is currently having a 40% off all Tintin and Europa (think Air France) posters. The sentimental and vintage reproductions are both colorful and beautiful, and would offer up a great (and cheap!) opportunity to dress up a wall. The sale runs through February 28th.

Valentine's-Inspired Show BellJar

Opening tonight at BellJar:  Lisa Congdon's Love Me Not, a modern upgrade of Valentine's notes from the Victorian era.  The show will include paintings, illustration, collage and shadowbox.  Here's what Congdon said about her show: "Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era. Valentines cards were produced in tens of thousands, from whimsical to slightly vulgar. Their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, real feathers, and flowers or dried ferns. Chubby, adult-looking children called cherubs adorned them.

Price Chop on the St. Regis Penthouse

The penthouse at the St Regis at 188 Minna became national news when the press got a hold of the Sotheby's listing. Why? Because it was for a cool $70,000,000. Victor MacFarlane bought it for $30,000,000 as a raw shell in 2005, and it appeared on Sotheby's website with the $70,000,000 asking price and beautiful renderings of the soon-to-be interiors back in August of 2008.  The penthouse isn't ready yet, but when it is it'll be 20,000+ square feet (including 2,900 square feet of terraces); six bedrooms and seven full baths (in addition to the four half baths); a home cinema; 22 foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls; and six car parking.

Local Etsy Shop We Love: Kate Durkin

One of the best features about Etsy, the popular website that lets you buy and sell all things handmade, is the different ways to explore the site.  You can shop by color, by editors' picks, or by my personal favorite, locally.  Through Etsy, I discovered Kate Durkin.  A San Francisco artist who creates playful home items such as original works of art, pillows and tote bags, all under $65.  Kate works with a palette of subtle muted colors to create wonderfully original pieces that would be an excellent addition to any home.  To see more of her work, visit

15% Off Place Settings at Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics just put out a beautifully designed place setting called the Olima Basic Set.  To celebrate the launch, Heath is offering up to 15% off the regular price for the next week.  To take advantage of the discount, simply type in SETS at checkout.  All sets include a Redwood Dinner Plate 10.75", a Sage Salad Plate 8.25" and a Birch/Matte Brown Cereal Bowl 6.5".  All dishes are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.  And as with all Heath Ceramics products, they're made right in Sausalito.

Live the Good Life at the Infinity

On Saturday the Embarcadero-side Infinity Tower II will be open for all potential buyers to see, with a move-ins scheduled for Spring.  The second tower has similar floorplans to the first, but the developers say the second tower has nicer interior finishes.  Finishes like quartzite countertops, brushed stainless steel plumbing fixtures, limestone flooring (in the bathroom), Kohler bathroom fixtures, Studio Becker cabinets and Bosch appliances.  Each unit has jaw-dropping and completely unobstructed views of the bay, which is one of the many reasons San Francisco is buzzing about the latest tower.  The floorplans are unique in that 4 out of 6 of them have the curved walls of the building, a factor that has many buyers flocking to the towers sales office to put down a down payment.  Anot

Valentine's Day Gifts at Design Public

Shopping for that special gift for your special someone on that special day can be so... exhausting.  Flowers and chocolates will do, but they're usually lacking in the creative department.  Thankfully, Design Public did the work for you by going through its products and selected the best gifts for Valentine's Day.  From Alexander Girard's iconic Love Heart print (see photo to the left), to a fashion-forward modern beanbag, you're bound to find something for your special someone.

New Vintage Furnishings (And a Sale!) at Lotus Bleu

Lotus Bleu will be having a sale throughout the month of February so that they can make room for the new additions to their collection.  The new pieces aren't really new at all, rather, they're reinvented.  For instance, In the photo to the left there's a slipper chair in the bottom left-hand corner.  Although it was designed in the 1950's or 60's, it's been updated with a beautiful and bright silk-screened linen pattern of colorful flowers and leaves, which give it it more of a modern appeal.  Embrace this great weather and bring some of the outside in, al la vintage prettiness and floral linens.  Sale runs through February.  Select items between 20-40% off.

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