Home & Design
ALESSI— The Italian houseware brand’s flagship Union Square location is filled with an array of products for the home, including iconic 20thcentury industrial design masterpieces like the Michael Graves whistling bird teakettle, the “Juicy Salif” citrus squeezer by Philippe Starck and the “Anna G” corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini. Bridal registry, gift certificates, complimentary gift-wrap and shipping are available. www.alessi.com. 424 Sutter St., 415.434.0403. Map 1, D5
THE ANTIQUE TRADERS— This shop specializes in stained-glass lamps and windows, estate jewelry, cut crystal, bronzes and furniture, primarily from the Art Nouveau period. Worldwide shipping is available. www.theantiquetraders.com. 4300 California St., 415.668.4444. Map 2, F4
BRITEX FABRICS— San Francisco’s landmark fabric store on Union Square bills itself as four floors of fabulous. Family-run since 1952, this fashion designer’s wonderland carries the finest selection of fabrics, buttons, trims and laces from design icons to new fashion stars. Visit for one of the many workshops, classes or events or stop by for a group tour of the store (held every other Saturday). www.britexfabrics.com. 146 Geary St., 415.392.2910. Map 1, D5
HEATH CERAMICS— One of the few remaining midcentury American potteries still in existence today, Heath has been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in its Sausalito factory. The shops sell artisan pottery that emphasizes design, handcrafted techniques and the reinvigoration of the company’s designer-maker legacy. www.heathceramics.com. 1 Ferry Building, 415.399.9284. Map 1, F4; 2900 18th St., 415.361.5552. Map 2, J6; 400 Gate Five Rd., Sausalito, 415.332.3732.
NEEDLEPOINT INC.— For the best in hand-painted needlepoint designs, visit this shop in the heart of Jackson Square. Needlepoint Inc. carries a wide assortment of original canvases, fibers and stitching accessories. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 10 am- 4 pm. www. needlepointinc.com. 326 Jackson St., 415.392.1622. 800.345.1622. Map 1, E4