Tuesday, February 04, 2014

People You Should Know: Johnny Miller, Photographer

Many of us have come across some of these images before, often shared and re-shared on sites like Pinterest and Instagram. We clip from magazines, create mood boards and even use them in our inspiration journals. But few of us ever really know the source of these wonderful visuals. My long time love affair with glass led me to research the work of one photographer in particular, Johnny Miller. Take a look at some of his work below. (All images the property of Johnny Miller Photography)

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Artistic Side of Mid-Century

In my professional career as an artist, much of my work was inspired by the stunning simplicity I experienced living with my mother's own art collection in New York. So many of my favourite artists come from this era.

Etsy is a hotbed of stunning mid-century abstract art at the moment. These pieces are simply gorgeous and beautiful works ripe for the picking. Many of the artists are now becoming collectible so choose wisely and do some research before you purchase. Then again, the best way to buy art is to buy what speaks to you. Here are some amazing pieces I've come across.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Revisiting West Elm

Pop over to West Elm.com and do a search for "mid century". You'll be surprised how their offering of MCM inspired furniture has increased. Here are some pieces that really caught my eye. For all you MCM fans out there, is this too late for West Elm to still be riding the bandwagon or are these piece right on time? Some might argue that Mid-Century Modernism is still going strong and these are more affordable options for people who can't float DWR's prices.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shop Updates

In expanding our little sales empire, we've updated the display at Stuff SF Antiques with a loving tribute to summer here in the Bay Area. Check out our latest in what we've dubbed Bay Area Blue. You'll find pieces covering the gamut from Empoli, Holmegaard, Guildcraft, Alsterfors, and more!

Stuff SF
150 Valencia St  San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-2988

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mid Century Glass Display: Revisiting Stuff SF Antiques in San Francisco

Sure there are a ton of Labor Day sales on this weekend. You can buy everything from discounted mattresses to lawn gnomes... but the best sale for all you vintage lovers will probably at Stuff SF. I wanted to post some quick snaps I took of one of their newest displays. Vintage mid-century glass now has a home out here on the west coast courtesy of yours truly. Stop in and check out the ever changing range of displays based on juicy colour themes. November will be stunning blue pieces from the likes of Holmegaard, Alsterfors, Guildcraft, Empoli, and Blenko.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New Sales Venue for Vintage & Home Decor Dealers: FleaPop

Now in Beta, I highly encourage you to set up shop with FleaPop. FleaPop is a marketplace for home décor and furniture (both old and new).

With a gorgeous UI, and content focused solely on home decor, this site is going to blast off for buyers and dealers alike. Get in now and early so that you can build up a following while showcasing your items.

Discover and Buy

  • Shop by seller – Browse featured, new or nearby sellers to find pieces you love
  • Shop by Style – Discover styles and item features you are looking for with our tags and features
  • Purchase with Ease – Checkout with PayPal and coordinate pickup via email OR opt for shipping and sit back and relax while your new fave comes to you!

Selling Simplified

  • Build a shop for free – There is no cost to setup a shop and list items. Login with Facebook and list items with ease. Upload photos, set a fixed price, and enter tags/dimensions/description. Set a timer if you only have a certain time to sell. Sellers pay a flat rate 6% commission on all transactions.
  • Launch Your Shop – Launch the shop and you’re in business. Share with your friends for maximum impact.
  • Sell and Ship – Once an item sells, we’ll send you an email (to the email associated with your Facebook account) to coordinate either shipping the item or an email of the buyer to coordinate a pick-up.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Back in November of last year I posted a couple entries about my love and envy of the re-release of the famous LÖVBACKEN table. Love the design but envied all Europeans who had access to this table with apparently no hope of it ever reaching our shores here in America. That is until now.

Originally the table had been released as the LÖVET. Now, this 1956 leaf-shaped table with three legs and veneer top is being reissued at just $59.99 and is viewable in the 2014 catalogue, making it still affordable today. Knowing how Ikea loves to discontinue great items year over year, I'm going to buy a couple of these for safe keeping. For those of you not near an Ikea, don't worry I'm giving some of these away. Stay tuned.

I also want to give some away just to make me feel better about having gone all the way to London just to pick one of these up after being told by Ikea they weren't going to be offered in the US. Bah humbug.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Late Post: Two Decades of Glass at DDC

I've really fallen behind with the posts but I can barely hold my ten month old accountable. At this year's ICFF in New York, there was a wonderful and unique exhibit “Big Color,” that offered a retrospective of architectural-scale glass designs created in the 1950s through the 1970s by resident artists at the Blenko Glass Company in West Virginia.

Damon Crain of Culture Object showed 120 pieces created by top Blenko designers Wayne Husted, Joel Philips Myers and John Nickerson.

“Sometimes people aren’t sure how to live with the pieces,” he said, “but when they see them grouped together as a landscape, something clicks and it makes sense.” Prices range from $700 for a 22-inch cylindrical vase by Joel Myers to $5,500 for a 38-inch-tall decanter by Husted.

While Blenko is nice, I've always leaned to the cased Italian and Scandinavian glass of the era.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Documenting a Collection

While I've arguably done a poor job documenting my own cased glass collection, this reminds me how important the process is. Sorry for the lack of subtitles and translations.