San Francisco Design Field Trip: All the must-see showroom stops

Our summer trip to San Francisco naturally included showroom and design shop visits...and we found some great ones to share with you! There was a lot of driving as we sought out specific shops, but well worth the adventure!

First stop was Carl Hansen & Sons, the original Danish Design family, as we had our eye on a specific lounge chair that we wanted to see it in person. Their flagship studio, right in the design district, is in an outstanding building with all the classics displayed in a very inspiring space. On the other side of the building is a very eclectic, high quality modern furniture store called Coup with absolutely stunning and wild pieces!

We then went across town to check out the Fritz Hansen studio (no relation to Carl) for some more furniture love!

Next, The Future Perfect is a very original space with unique contemporary pieces! Loving these bag chairs made of military fabric designed by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek made of vintage military tent fabric. Next door, we discovered March, an outstanding home goods store, curated to the nth degree with handmade dishes, bowls, boards, etc. ! I needed everything there, and honestly I left in major want of it all.

Super Simple was just as the name implies. We ordered denim cloth cocktail napkins and plates that I didn't even know I needed.

For coffee and tea enthusiasts we discovered Fellow.  Modern-designed brewing gear designed in San Francisco. Talk about superb product design --The guys there literally stayed at their desks while the simple handsome pots, carafes, and mugs sold themselves!

We never pass up an opportunity to visit a bike shop..because, well we are called Cadence for a reason! The new Ornot bike clothing shop in San Francisco is small, but chock full of thoughtfully designed logo-free jerseys and cycling gear made in San Francisco. Simple designs, modern colors and super comfortable..and yes, I bought a jersey!

If you get a chance while exploring further out of the bay area, check out the sweet town of Mill Valley, adjacent to the redwoods. We stumbled upon Prevalent Projects, which is a stunning design and furniture shop started by interior designers. They sell primarily Scandinavian style furniture and also design their own custom pieces fabricated by local artisans. For our own house we found the lovely Abalone counter stools which are fantastic.