Collection by Jaime Gillin

Visiting H.D. Buttercup


Without condoning knockoffs, let me say: It is a thrill to walk into a furniture shop and discover a slew of handsome and vaguely familiar-looking design pieces that I can actually afford. This was my experience last week at H.D. Buttercup—a 30,000-square-foot offshoot of the even more gigantic 150,000-square-foot Los Angeles mothership. "The pieces are just enough different that they're not actually knock-offs," an employee said. Hrm. In better news, many of the wares are made in the U.S.A.—including an impressive 75% of their upholstered furniture—and they have a solid selection of pieces made from reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood. Here's a peek at what I saw and loved on a recent visit.

Here's the entrance to H.D. Buttercup, located in the former Limn space in SOMA in San Francisco.
This is what first greets you: a hanging display of cascading aluminum chairs...
Also at the entrance to the shop: an assortment of vaguely Eames-ian and Egg-like chairs...
This is the piece that initially drew me in. I spotted this wooden stool at a friend's house and thought it was the...
I am rather smitten with this wood-and-marble coffee table.
I also like the clean lines of these Walnut dressers. The wide six-drawer version retails at $1,395.
Does this piece look familiar? Surely far less well-made than the iconic Ligne Roset Togo; the stitching is imprecise...
Faux Bertoia dining chairs for $150.
Here's Robin Cook, H.D. Buttercup's Operations Manager.
The shop isn't solely (or even mostly) modern, as evidenced here.
Lots of fun finds in the lighting department.
If I could walk out with one lighting fixture, it would be this $395 cluster of mirrored bulbs.
Here's a nice-looking sectional, priced at $3,795. I'd lose the patterned pillows.
This mid-century styled sofa is made in China, and priced at $1,450.