X21 Modern in San Francisco's Mission district is one of my favorite places to roam around on a Saturday afternoon. It's an insane 8,500 square foot showroom on Valencia Street filled to the brim with 20th century furniture, lighting, accessories and some curious oddities. There are classic pieces for serious modernist collectors, some of which are a tad expensive, but a wonderful investment for sure. I think it's always a good idea to spend more on a beautiful sofa, and then save by surrounding it with your less pricey flea market finds. X21's current inventory is always posted online, so you can check it often to seek out that special piece you've been hunting for. Here's a quick glimpse of what's up today.
1950's Harvey Probber Sofa. Recently recovered in an Opt-Art pattern and sits on polished brass legs. Retro-fancy.
Early 1940's rare Florence Knoll Chair and Ottoman with off-white upholstery and lovely tapered legs. Quite elegant, no?
1940's Instructional WWII Military Poster. This large 5'x 3' silk-screened poster originally hung in military barracks demonstrating how to dress wounds in the field. This is one of the many oddities I mentioned. Odd, but cool.
But, my favorite bit about X21 Modern is their basement. Like a lot of basements, it's jam-packed with amazing vintage finds. The last time I was down there they were playing the creepy music from Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' and as I browsed through furniture that could have been my parent's when I was small, I felt like I was being transported back to simpler times. Ah, childhood. Lovely. But I digress, sorry, got caught up in the moment! There are fantastic bargains to be found down there, so be sure to look for the big, wide staircase, and head on down. You'll find yourself in a different place and time, with deals galore surrounding you. A designer's paradise!