The best of the West
is a mid-century modern haven. With original designs from Eames, Panton and Breuer and top picks from the murderers row of current fun design: Jonathan Adler, Blu Dot, Arad, Dwell, Mibo, etc., Velocity has a big selection with no crap. There is a good, funky eye behind this shop.
Unlike similar ventures, they are not afraid to sell a really broad range, including beds, dressers, lighting, artwork, accessories, pillows, rugs, and paper products.
They are like DWR, the MoMA store and Kate's Paperie all thrown together.
Our favorites are the Mibo lamps and shades
, their Area Bedding
(it's got more groove than Dwell), and the Modernica Case Study Bed ($1,500).
They are definitely on the must-window-shop tour if this is your style.
Gene says: 'Their lovely new shop is just around the corner from my apartment here in Seattle. The proprietors are a really nice couple. I also highly recommend Velocity."
Zach says: "I've done mail-order with Velocity, and they've been very helpful and hands-on -- a nice small-company feel, with a well-chosen catalogue. Highly recommended. "
rdl says: "Velocity is great - highly recommend them. Great, helpful staff. They also have some interesting and relatively affordable artwork."
(updated and re-edited from September 2004 on AT-NY)