ISSUE 39  |  Natural History

Shopper’s Diary: Big Daddy’s Opens in San Francisco

September 29, 2010 6:00 PM

BY Allison Bloom

Bay Area collectors take note: LA-based Big Daddy's, long a secret source for Los Angeles set designers, who regularly plunder its cache of industrial and natural curiosities, recently opened a warehouse in SF's Potrero Hill neighborhood. Owner Shane Brown (nicknamed "Big Daddy" as a child) refurbished a former shipbuilding factory to house his latest venture, where he showcases his ever-changing collection of large-scale architectural salvage paired with casegoods and upholstery. I wandered in last week and promptly felt the urge to buy an industrial light. Big Daddy's is located at 1550 17th Street (enter on Wisconsin).

Above: A salvaged pair of steel and wood carved doors mark the warehouse entrance.

Above: A few of the many rustic and salvaged chandeliers.

Above: Steel and wood planked cafe chairs.

Above: Archived copies of the New York Times, available singly by year.

Above: Stone vessels and urns, used as sculpture.

Above: An industrial red beacon lamp.

Above: An 8-foot-high steel bird cage next to a wood sawhorse dining table.

Photographs by Janet Hall and Allison Bloom.