Before he became the design guru on Netflix’s Emmy-winning Queer Eye, Bobby Berk had stints with multiple major retailers, including as creative director for Portico Home + Spa. Berk is based in Los Angeles, but having completed multiple projects in Arizona, he definitely tries to keep it local. “When it comes to furniture, accessories and products, I love to start at vintage and antique shops,” he says. “These types of stores are often filled with beautiful pieces that have age, character and soul. I love supporting local dealers in the community wherever we have a project. Arizona is filled with hidden gems and you never know what you might find.” Here, he shares with Luxe three of his favorite places to source.
1. Found. by Domestic Bliss
Why he loves it: “This charming showroom is full of traditional and contemporary styles. It’s the perfect place to find a wide variety of items at great prices.” founddesign.co
What to check out: Graphic, textured throw pillows perfect for piling on sofas and beds; vases of all shapes, sizes and designs; unique etageres in a variety of styles and materials.
2. Red Modern Furniture
Why he loves it: “Red Modern is one of my absolute favorite places to shop in Arizona. It’s full of one-of-a-kind, restored pieces that you’re not able to find anywhere else.” redmodernfurniture.com
What to check out: Vladimir Kagan Studio dining chairs upholstered in a dead stock Alexander Girard fabric; early 1950s Dan Johnson 2750 cord and powder-coated chairs (below); a circa-1947 George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera walnut chest; a Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian rosewood dining table.
3. The Melrose District
Why he loves it: “This little district is one of my favorites. It’s nicknamed the ‘gayborhood’ of Phoenix and there are tons of amazing shops, cafes and places to check out that support the LGBTQ community.”
What to check out: Retro Ranch for vintage furnishings like 1960s stoves, living room sofas and tables, and ’70s blacklight posters; and Sweet Salvage, open for only four days at a time beginning on the third Thursday of each month, offering one-of-a-kind vintage decor items.