Every major city has one or two stores that define it's shopping identity. In Los Angeles there is Fred Segal, New York has Begdorf Goodman, and in San Francisco there is Gump's. While the first two stores I mentioned are department stores, although boutique ones, Gumps is a home decor wonderland. Spread over two glorious floors in downtown San Francisco, this store embodies what a great shopping experience is all about, from old standbys to new pieces by undiscovered talents.
They sell tabletop in all it's varieties from the most stunning European designs, to more handsome everyday pieces. What I especially love is that they try to discover and foster new talent as well, here you will see work by emerging glass and metal artists as well that gives the store a fresh, vibrant appeal. There is also an extensive furniture and accessory department as well. The price points vary from very reasonable to "are you sure that's right?", which I really like, because that blend of high and low brow, makes for a much more interesting combination.
While I visit this store every time I get the chance, their well put together web site is a great way to stay up to date on the latest goings on (www.gumps.com). So please, take a few minutes and browse through what they offer, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.