Amidst the bustling and colorful crowds that stagger down Commercial Street, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, sits a little store with a whole lot of panache. Southstream Design is a must-see when visiting the Cape, if not only for its impressive collection of vintage items and local art, than for the adorably off-putting stuffed ducklings that walk the shelves.Christian Sodersfrom hates the word eclectic. He much prefers "random" when asked to describe Southstream Design - a varied assortment of quirky and chic home goods, now in its third year on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A true reflection of the colorful and artistic, little Cape-side town, Sodersfrom’s assortment of artwork and vintage items seems more like a carefully curated art collection, or a giant installation piece, rather than your everyday storefront.
Featuring an impressive mix of hand-sourced, one-of-a-kind collectibles and antiques running the gamut from giant marquee letters to beautifully restored, late 18th century hammered trays, Sodersfrom’s style palate balances the fine line between humor and sophistication. Featuring original works by local painters like Michael Guy, Jim Rand and Tim Paquette, and silkscreened ceramics by Wanderlust’s Craig Crawford, Sodersfrom also throws his own personal works into the mix. With his custom x-ray lamps, birdie vignettes and shadowboxes, in which he stages scenes using 19th century German figurines set against a backdrop of his own personal photography, Christian Sodersfrom proves that he’s more than just a great collector, but a skilled designer as well.
My personal favorites, both of which I couldn’t resist having for my own, are the vintage compass watches and stuffed ducklings (don’t worry, they died of natural causes).
To discover more of Christian Sodersfrom’s wonderful collection, visit Southstream Design at 200 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts, or call (508) 487-1832.
Images: Mat Sanders