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Shopper’s Diary: 14Feet in Sonoma

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Shopper’s Diary: 14Feet in Sonoma

Julie Carlson June 26, 2008

From our writer friend Lisa Michaels:

My twin boys were devastated when their favorite gift shop here in Healdsburg closed down. "Where will we get our Mushies?" they cried. But I nearly hit the car in front of me when I drove by and saw what had opened in its place: a shop selling vintage modern furnishings. Before 14Feet opened, I had to drive an hour and a half to the Mission District in SF to get my fix. Now I drop in regularly to see the beautifully arranged and ever-changing vignettes. I covet the metal industrial stool, the nine-foot-long Edward Wormley sofa (where surely two boys could curl up and read without squabbling over territory), and the simple and beautiful pendant shades. Owners Marne Dupere (the founder and former proprietor of LA vintage modern store Orange) and Mike Morisette traveled across the country in an Airstream, buying up quirky, often oversized vintage pieces as they went along ("Everything we bought seemed to be 14 feet," Morisette says, "hence the name of the shop"). 14Feet also carries a few new pieces from European companies such as E15 (they've got the iconic Bigfoot table on the floor): "We like blending modern and vintage to create rich textural layers," Dupere says. "We think it helps shape a more soulful environment."

Below: 1950s industrial stool in natural steel with red waxed wood top; $375.

Below: 1930s Gymnasium Lamp; 32 inches tall and finished in gloss black powder coat. $1,750.

Below: Vintage Knoll Brno Chair reupholstered in wool flokati; $1,275. (For similar pieces, check out our post Furry Furniture.)

Below: 1930s Brass and Wood Stacked Ball Lamps; $425 for the pair.

Below: An installation of scaffolding hooks.

Below: Backenzahn oak stools from German company E15.

Below: Rare 1949 Edward Wormley for Dunbar Turk Sofa, redone to original specs (latex cushions, down backs, taupe cotton/silk linen); 108 inches long, $9,200.Vintage Kuba cloth pillow; from an assortment starting at $155.

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