When Rachel Eden opened the Eden & Eden design store in Jackson Square last year, she had in mind a showcase for all the quirky, fun, and beautiful treasures that she herself had collected over the years, in both the United States and her native Great Britain.
Although most of the refinished vintage furniture and lighting currently on display were found right here in the US, the store has a decidedly English flavor, probably because of the London rollsign that greets you when you walk in, or because of shelves stocked with tea cups and tea cozies.
The catch is that even the traditional and classic things Eden has included in her namesake boutique have modish spin: Bertoia wire chairs powder-coated in colors like acid yellow, dishtowels emblazoned with the cover art from Penguin Classics, a giant, ornate birdcage filled with teddy bears.
This is a place to seek things that you won't find anywhere else, either because Eden imported them from Europe (like Karin Eriksson ceramics) or because they are one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that she updates by refinishing, painting or lacquering them in bold, modern colors.
Raw-edged and curved wooden shelves from a salvage yard in East Bay are as much an attractor as the unusual bits and baubles they display, which include Karin Eriksson's
delicately modern ceramic plates, cups and vessels.
Classic wire Bertoia chairs made new with powder coating are available in limited edition colors.
This elegant, metal-framed wooden serving cart was refinished to a brilliant glow.
Eden also produces a line of large silk-screened floor pillows, with patterns from vintage 70's wallpapers. The chrome floor lamp is part of an extensive collection of vintage lighting.
This tableau, with its ornate console, contemporary lamp, and a framed print by French design house Atelier lzc
has Eden & Eden's trademark mixture written all over it: tradional and modern, elegant and mod.