Collection by Aaron Britt

Best of SF 20 Modernism Show


This weekend's SF20 Modernism Show and Sale opened to the public this morning at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. Dwell editors Aaron Britt and Sarah Rich took a spin around the floor and found some excellent mid-century furniture and art, exhibited by gallerists from around the country. We picked out some of our favorite items and put together a slideshow for those of you who can't make it to the show. But for readers who are Bay Area locals, do check out the show yourself. Even if you're not there to take a piece home, it's worth admiring the goods.

It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this standard metal folding chair has been felted in charcoal wool.
In the booth of LA showroom Reform we found this beautiful drop-door cabinet and book shelf, made by Bolinas,...
With the door folded up, you'd never know there's so much going on inside.
This chair being shown by Tuscon, Arizona, gallerist Eric Firestone was designed by a young San Diego architect and...
Here's Sarah in the Houriet chair with a rather nice painting by Douglas Denniston from 1950 called "Composition #35"...
This Don Shoemaker rosewood lounger chair and ottoman have beautifully aged black leather stretched between the...
Don Shoemaker's 1960s rosewood chairs from Mexico aren't too functional suspended on the wall, but they look beautiful...
I loved this funny set of wire furniture designed in the 50's by John Rilsey.
Here's a better view of just one of the chairs. The wire woman's hair reminds me of a nun's habit.
These Fritz Hansen chairs were stacked at the Ma(i)sonry booth.
This little plate caught our eye—perhaps a little kitsch for some, but who doesn't love a mobile home?...
This lounger was made by Charles and Ray Eames for filmmaker Billy Wilder. It was lovely, if a bit battered.
This credenza, which I initially credited to Jean Cocteau, but was actually designed by Finn Juhl, was one of my...
Here's a detail of the Juhl credenza. I love the pulls on the drawers.
Wendell Castle showcased this beautiful bent wood music stand.
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