Can a store be coveted and admired? Can it be an idol of design and good taste to be worshipped?
If so, Russian Hill’s Swallowtail is definitely our latest idol.
We have loved this shop from the day we walked in, and have often contemplated moving into Swallowtail and living there permanently. It’s quirky, eclectic and full of beautiful objects that we love to dawdle over when visiting. It’s a bit like an art museum of the odd, classical and collectible. Where else would you find a life-size geisha living alongside antique anatomy charts, vintage chandeliers, contemporary Noguchi lamps and Lucite chairs?
(Edited from a post originally published 11.03.06)