I am so thrilled to kick off our best of the bricks series with Rare Device in San Francisco, CA. Since 2007 Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon have been filling their space with the best of all things modern, quirky, well-designed and handmade. They are the true triple threat with a beautiful retail space, gallery, and online presence.
Care is taken to ensure the stories behind the pieces are celebrated, and that’s something that is well…rare! They’ve taken a moment to share with us their vision for the space and why they love having a brick and mortar shop.
When people walk into Rare Device, we want them to think, “Wow, what a cool store with interesting and beautiful stuff in it!” Having a brick and mortar shop is really a wonderful experience. Shoppers can touch and feel and smell. We want to give people the experience and opportunity to purchase unique and one of a kind local handmade items or items from Europe or Japan that are hard to find elsewhere. Our aesthetic is very simple and modern, which is really appealing in such an intense, stimulating and crowded city like San Francisco. We love things with clean lines and really excellent design qualities. Whether it’s a necklace or a piece of ceramics or a book, we select things that appeal to our idea about simple beauty.
We carry all kinds of goods, and the most important thing to us is that they are beautiful, somewhat rare, and always interesting. Handmade is a really important part of our aesthetic and vision, and it’s also really important to us to support makers. We love handmade!
1845 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103