unexpected guests: MCMF.
today on unexpected guests we’re dropping in on a mid-century modernist’s dream house — the home of Mid Century Modern Finds’ Christine, Carlos and kids. Longtime sponsors, and new found friends, Carlos and Christine have carved out an amazing San Francisco home in the neighborhood of Ingleside, full of treasures from their many flea market excursions. One minute an amazing vintage find might be in their home, the next it’s up for first dibs on MCMF. Carlos does the work refurbishing their treasures and the renovations on their home, including a deck with views to the pacific, a spiral staircase which winds down the the kids’ playground, and the amazing tiling in the kitchen and bath. Here’s a peek at their marvelous mid-century modern space.
Do you have a secret spot or off the beaten path place in San Francisco you think we should know about?
I would say a little hilltop that I run to (about 6 blocks away). It has a 360 degree view from the ocean to the Marin Headlands, to San Francisco, the Bay, Daly City, and back to the ocean. It’s often foggy, though, so I especially appreciate it on a clear day.
What are your top three places to shop vintage?
We have a lot of friends who are local vintage dealers that we buy from, so it’s hard to name three, but our friend, Chris Howard, of Antiques and Modern in Berkeley has a great selection of high end Danish Modern and Mid-Century furniture and is very knowledgeable.
What’s your very favorite vintage find?
That’s a tough one. They are all so different and each one is unique. We love it all, but our favorites are usually art and chairs (which are like sculptures to us), such as a Hans Wegner chair we got from the flea market in SF, an Eames LCW chair we got at an estate in Palo Alto, a DeGroot sculpture we got from a Craigslist seller in Marin, a collection of Scandinavian art pottery we got from an estate sale in SF, and many vintage abstract paintings and prints we have found at thrift stores, flea markets, and from local dealers.
Tips: Know the difference between a reproduction and the original and get there early. Take in everything you see and learn. There is so much tangible history there. We have a lot respect for flea market dealers. They work hard and are great pickers.
If you could go shopping with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Each other. We don’t get to do it much anymore with a 2 and 5 year old at home. By the time Carlos gets back from the flea market our kids are just waking up. We’ve both always loved Sunday flea markets and have fond memories of going to flea markets with our mothers – Carlos in San Salvador and me in Marin.
What’s on your turntable?
Puerto Rican salsa, Cuban Nueva Trova, Bossa nova, Flamenco, and Jazz.