SF House Tour: Sam Grawe's Designer (via Craigslist) Digs

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Name: Sam Grawe
Location: San Francisco
Size: 950 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Rented for two and a half years

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You would assume that being the Editor-in-Chief of any magazine (and in Sam's case, that magazine is Dwell) would take up 90+ hours of your week, so imagine how surprised we were when we found out Sam also makes time to constantly peruse Craiglist (and we all know how much of a time sucker that can be) in order to furnish his pad and also jam out on a weekly basis to the sweet music he creates in his tastefully designed home studio.

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We are just smitten by his choices, too. From the Bertoia bird chair to the Tapio Wirkkala collection, you can tell that Sam has worked hard at turning an apartment into a home.

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AT Survey:

My style: Dwell magazine via Craigslist

Inspiration: Alexander Girard / Tapio Wirkkala / Eames House / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / Verner Panton / Charles Harper

Favorite Element: Eero the cat/furry beast

Biggest Challenge: Keeping plants alive

What Friends Say: Cool place

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom (which I had nothing to do with)

Biggest Indulgence: Bertoia bird chair & ottoman

Best advice: Use the “or best offer” feature on eBay

Dream source: Alexander Girard Yard Sale

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Resources: craigslist, modern artifact, the touch, summer antiques show in Bilnas, Finland

Appliances: rhodes 73, korg ms20, roland juno106, korg mono/poly

Furniture: Knoll:
Saarinen dining table w/ walnut top
Saarinen side table
Pfister Sofa ($500 from craigslist)
Bertoia chair/ottoman

Herman Miller:
White Eames DKR
La Fonda Shells on contract bases
1970’s Upholstered DCM

Drexel Declaration Dresser by Kip Stewart

Ikea IVAR shelving (super-normal!)

Accessories: Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala/Rosenthal, Marilyn Newhart doll, Arabia, etc.
Vintage marimekko pillows made by mom with scraps from design research

Lighting: Nelson bubbles, Kartell bubble, vintage Noguchi (if the feet have rubber balls its new, if they have wire curleycews, it's old), assorted vintage, norm69 from Norman Copenhagen, AJ floor lamp from Louis Poulsen

Rugs and Carpets: Amazing Verner Panton style shag manufactured by Monsanto, makers of Agent Orange

Beds: Ikea Sans gnarly headboard

Artwork: Charles Harper, flea market finds

(Thanks, Sam!)

To learn more about Sam check out his Myspace music page and the Dwell In House blog.

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Photos by Sally Kuchar

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