Seattle Furniture Company may just be the coolest shop you’ve never heard of! Hiding in the basement next to Norco Medical Supply and marked by an inconspicuous sandwich board is a 7000+ square foot trove of American and Danish mid century furnishings, along with vintage and contemporary, Asian, industrial and Hollywood Regency home décor.
Located 0.1 mile from my house, I’m ashamed to admit that I walked by for several years without believing there was anything worthwhile inside such an unassuming storefront. It wasn’t until my seemingly impossible quest for high-quality, affordable patio furniture that I decided to check the place out. Imagine my surprise when I finally entered this “amaze-a-basement”, as affectionately coined by my neighbor, and found myself transported back to a time when pea green and pumpkin orange reigned supreme. I marveled as I walked through room after room of beautifully preserved designer furniture and works of art, including club chairs, credenzas, record cabinets, rocking chairs, pendant lighting, lowboy dressers, and metallic wall sculptures – just to name a few!
I had a chance to speak to Beth and Doug, the energetic parents of owner Mike O’Neill, who remains an enigma himself and is always out scouting whenever I’ve dropped by since. While Doug wheeled out an endless supply of new items to replenish those disappearing from the floor, and Beth paused to talk to customers coming in to complete prior transactions initiated on Craiglist, where Seattle Furniture Company has an extensive presence: check out some of their stock here. My baby was kept entertained by their library of kids books while I learned that the business was born out of and inspired by original fixtures found in Mike’s childhood Green Lake Craftsman home and his mom’s experience running estate sales. Once Mike had filled up every room in the house with his growing collection, it was time to find more space and luck brought them to this massive underground home in Wallingford. Today, they are preparing to open a second location in Burien by Bakery Noveau.
I was delighted to take home a very fine teak patio set at a reasonable price, and was even lent a hand truck to cart it home! Please do yourself a favor and stop into Seattle Furniture Company to delight your eyes and consider supporting this local family-run labor of love.
Seattle Furniture Company
4133 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
OPEN: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED: Monday through Thursday