Design Hunting

Three unique Madison shops offer delightful design inspiration

Jul 24, 2012

In honor of our design issue, this week we’re exploring three distinct Madison shops that let you design your own perfect living space, whether that be through a fun clock, a vintage Eames chair or a completely revamped bedroom. Even if you’re not searching for the perfect piece to update your home, a browse through these shops just may provide a spark of inspiration for whatever life project you’re working on.

The Century House

3029 & 3420 University Ave., centuryhouseinc.com

This sprawling store houses just about everything you need to stylishly outfit your home. Established in 1948 as a pottery studio, Century House has continued to evolve through the twenty-first century, today offering furniture, gifts, lighting and bedding from around the world. Though the store has branched out from the Scandinavian designs that came to define the shop in the '60s, the tone of the products has remained the same. Whether you want a mod shelving unit from Minneapolis-based Blu Dot, a sleek Italian-designed Artemide lamp or an elaborate bike basket straight from Stockholm, you’ll find it at Century House.

Atomic Interiors

961 S. Park St.

Atomic Interiors is one of Madison’s best-kept secrets. For the past seventeen years, this store has been drawing in collectors and design enthusiasts from around the world with its unique selection of both vintage and new furniture and home accessories. In its immaculate showroom, find new Herman Miller chains, vintage Paul McCobb desks, and various clocks, radios and desk accessories that proved too good for the store’s owner’s to pass up. With prices suited to a Madison market, this shop is a must-stop for anyone on the prowl for the perfect statement piece.

Pop Deluxe

310 State St., popdeluxe.net

One of State Street’s most fun shops, Pop Deluxe offers whimsical takes on everyday items, from dishwashing gloves that double as puppets to measuring cups that stack into the shape of a robot. Items by Jonathan Adler, Joseph Joseph and Fred are staples at the quirky store, as are children’s brands Lego and Uglydoll. While the store embraces a youthful attitude, since 2003 it has wooed children and their parents alike. With Pantone products placed next to unlikely action figures and lomography cameras sprinkled in with light up key chains, a trip to Pop Deluxe is an escape from the ordinary.

Photos courtesy of Century House, Atomic Interiors and Pop Deluxe.

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