Propeller scores big as one of SF’s definitive sources for hip, well-made contemporary furniture and art from small, emerging designers.
The philosophy behind Propeller is that both the furniture and the price points should be “accessible, not esoteric.”
Accordingly, the Hayes Valley retail space is just messy enough that it feels like someone is actually living there. Owner Lorn and his staff have packed a large and ever-changing collection of furniture, rugs, and objets d’art into fairly modest square footage, and the resulting density creates a level of approachability that’s by design.
Lorn features unique items from emerging designers, folks who are small enough that their name (“and probably their hand as well”) is on the piece. If you follow design in the blogosphere, chances are you will actually see the design
Among the local designers featured at
Propeller is also importing the Brooklyn indie design scene via products from NY studios like
Indie designers (as opposed to large manufacturers) offer good value because, as Lorn says, they really have to be”invested in your happiness” in order to succeed.
This porky triumverate was cast from actual fetal pigs by artist Harry Allen, best known for the design of NY’s gallery-like
(Edited from a 06.30.06 post)