Seattle natives Steve Hoedemaker and Tim Pfeiffer, of Hoedemaker Pfeiffer architecture and interior design, have a passion for storytelling and a deep appreciation for artisan-made decor. And with a firm focused on connecting people with space–and space with surroundings–they’re bound to have a discerning eye for meaningful objects that solidify those connections.
So it’s only natural that they opened art, design and decor source Housewright (6107 13th Ave. S.), which highlights exclusive artisanal textiles, vintage furniture, ceramics and artifacts. The duo recently chatted about what makes their Georgetown neighborhood shop, celebrating its one-year anniversary this December, so special.
How did Housewright come to be? SH & TP: As an extension of our architecture and interior design firm. We often found ourselves looking to enhance our work with engaging, soulful and unique pieces.
Describe the shop’s vibe. TP: It’s an organic, handcrafted experience– artisan and luxurious, textured and tailored. We offer art and objects, lighting and furnishings, from Belgian to Brazilian, and from newly crafted to antique and midcentury modern.
Favorite objects? TP: Loving the gorgeous 1970s Arne Norell sofa reupholstered in a Mark Alexander natural and blue Belgian linen. The new tabletop bronze work by artist Michele Scholnick from Branch in Venice, California. Also, the beautiful ceramic lighting collection of Stone and Sawyer lamps.
Tell us about the neighborhood. TP: Georgetown feels like Seattle’s last original neighborhood–think Williamsburg in Brooklyn, circa 2000–and it’s on the move. It has some grit and nightlife and is home to great art, artists, furniture and food. A large design district is right next door, providing a wealth of opportunity for the local design community.
Talk about the evolution of the PNW design scene. SH: Seattle’s design cred has moved forward with a globally inspired community. With the regrowth of commercial districts, neighborhood design destinations have emerged all across the city. We’re experiencing a generational entrepreneurial shift from more provincial design to a decidedly more regional West Coast voice.