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It's easy to get swallowed up into the fantastic source that is Etsy; with so many shops and new items posted all the time, you can end up spending hours searching through pages upon pages of owl-themed tea towels (or what have you) until you find the gem you were looking for. To make the process a little easier, here are a few local sellers whose work we love, so next time you can go right to the good stuff...
One of San Francisco's most well-known and best loved furniture emporiums is having a big birthday - but you're the one getting the gift. Design Within Reach is celebrating its 10 years (can you believe it?) in the business, and to up the ante they'll be celebrating with not 10% off (as in past years), but 15% off everything, and free shipping to boot. Of course you can always just stop by one of the three stores in the city for some instant gratification, and knock out that shipping full-stop.
Gabriella Sarlo, the New York born, SF-raised owner of Potrero Hill's newest design showroom, SARLO, shares with us seven items she just can't live without. The Cow Hollow resident recently launched the new SARLO website, which design enthusiasts peruse at their own risk, as the potential to buy something amazing—from mercury glass hurricanes to an elephant head coffee table—is just too great.
"All the architects in the house!" ...Not a demographic dejays usually give shout-outs to, but maybe they would if they considered how their work has inspired some great songs throughout the years... but still probably not. If you want to give props where props are due, however, just throw on this mix of the 10 best architecture songs according to Flavorwire and throw your T squares in the air:
There's always something to love at Alessi, that bastion of Contemporary Italian design where each object is more clever and functional than the next. All the more reason to love 'em? The store is having their annual sale right now, where items are marked down up to 70% from now until the end of the month. You can check out some available sale items online, but for the best selection we recommend you cruise over to the Alessi store at Sutter and Stockton.
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
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
San Francisco is a design-obsessed town, no question, so looking at notable Bay Area designers is not only a lesson in contemporary design, but in the culture of the city, as well. Right now through April 26th, the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design is exhibiting "San Francisco Graphic Design", an exhibit featuring thirteen local designers whose work runs the gamut from website to exhibit, print to packaging. There's some truly inspiring (and often very recognizable) work in the show, so it's definitely worth checking out.
Oohoohooh - it's not too late! If you've been scrambling to get work done before the big three day weekend (woot!) and let Valentine's gifts go to the wayside, there's still time. And to make it easier on you, here's a present that works for kids, grandparents, bfs, gfs, and everybody else you're lovin'. Jacki Paper's cards bring back humor from your childhood for sentiments that appeal to all ages. They're guaranteed to put a goofy grin on your loved one's face, and isn't that worth a holiday all by itself? See the full list of area stockists here, so you can swoop in and pick one up asap.