On October 1, Shane Brown, founder of the Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles, will celebrate the official opening of his newest location – a 13,000 square-foot showroom, conveniently situated in San Francisco’s design district at 1550 17th Street (entrance on Wisconsin). An anchor vendor at the Alameda Flea Market for years, Big Daddy’s Antiques has left Bay Area clients hungry for more. Now the wait is over.
Brown, an avid collector and longtime purveyor of architectural relics, artwork, home furnishings and historical artifacts, searches worldwide for the unique objects that make his showrooms unforgettable. Whether European, Asian, rustic, or reclaimed industrial, Brown’s finds converge into an eclectic, always-evolving mix.
If the word ‘antiques’ brings you visions of stale, dusty trinkets from Grandma’s house, think again. Big Daddy’s specializes in monolithic garden ornaments, heavy tab les from early-20th-century American factories, one-of-a-kind primitive structures, and even custom-made furniture using reclaimed materials.
Long a trendsetter, Brown frequently serves Hollywood set designers and chain-store decorators. Because his designs frequently inspire more mainstream outlets (find the right catalogs and he can show you which ideas originated at BD Antiques), his aesthetic is always evolving. BD Antiques is not a museum, but a workshop for gathering timeless artifacts into new contexts. Not content just to ride the wave, Brown prefers to live it.
Doors are open now but on Oct. 1 the shop will offer drinks, hors d’oeuvres.