Stroll Around Seattle Like Designer Tim Pfeiffer


Tim Pfeiffer Seattle Date Book

Tim Pfeiffer Seattle Date Book

Tim Pfeiffer Seattle Date Book

Tim Pfeiffer Seattle Date Book

Tim Pfeiffer

Co-founder, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer

In his career as the go-to designer for retailers such as Ralph Lauren and Shinola, Tim Pfeiffer transformed the traditional retail store and helped launch bespoke brands. But it’s his latest endeavor–as principal designer of the Seattle-based interiors and architecture firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, which he cofounded with his friend and architect Steve Hoedemaker–that has the design community most excited. Recently, the duo launched an online boutique and a brick-and-mortar gallery space to feature the work of their favorite local artists. “By establishing our offices in a retail storefront, we are partnering with fellow believers to anchor the next wave of exciting and responsible community development,” Pfeiffer says.

Here, he curates a tour of his top eats and shops in Seattle.

8 a.m. I’m lucky to live next to Volunteer Park on the top of Capitol Hill. So, I start the day by walking the dog across the park, admiring the Seattle Asian Art Museum and grabbing a pear cardamom muffin at Volunteer Park Cafe.

9 a.m. I like to traverse the city for client meetings, so when I’m in the Madrona neighborhood, I stop by the Glassybaby studio and check out the latest blown-glass creations and see my old friend Lee Rhodes. The company donates 10 percent of every Glassybaby sale to charity.

11 a.m. Back on Capitol Hill before lunch, I’ll stop in Hayden Collective to see the array of home furnishings and visit Niche Outside, where floral designer Nisha Klein has assembled a unique collection of garden-inspired goods. A block away, Totokaelo has one of the chicest collections of artisan-made objects for the home.

12:30 p.m. I like to meet clients and friends over lunch at Harry’s Fine Foods, the super-welcoming and delicious corner restaurant and bar we designed for friend and chef Julian Hagood. After lunch, I’ll grab a quick Americano at Oddfellows and make a pit stop at my favorite secondhand bookstore, Twice Sold Tales.

2 p.m. After lunch, I’ll go downtown for an appointment at Antica Farmacista to create a custom home fragrance for a client. Then, I’ll stop in for a wardrobe check at Baby & Co., where Jill and Wayne Donnelly are part of the slow-fashion movement; they focus on where materials come from, how they are constructed and what the impact is on humanity and the environment.

3 p.m. Since our office is in Georgetown, it enables us to walk the neighborhood for inspiration. My favorite treasure chest arrives twice a year from Japan, when Kyoto Art & Antiques sets up its show of incredible Japanese and Chinese furniture, objects and textiles in a warehouse down the street.

4:30 p.m. I believe that a home is not complete without thoughtfully collected pieces layered throughout, which makes me lucky to get to spend time with established gallerists like Greg Kucera, Gail Gibson and David Martin. Right now I am excited about Oxbow–an exhibition space showcasing the work of emerging regional artists, as well as Hoedemaker Pfeiffer’s collaboration with Sharon Arnold of Bridge Productions on current and upcoming exhibitions.

6 p.m. After work, my partner, Steve, and I catch up over a beet margarita and grilled haloumi at Ciudad in the building next door to our office.

7:30 p.m. I like to meet friends for cocktails at Foreign National, a sexy bar connected to Stateside. Dinner at Mamnoon is next, where Wassef and Racha Haroun have brought modern Middle Eastern cuisine to Seattle. A must-see final pit stop is Glasswing with cool home items and apparel.