Shop Tours, Travel

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity

January 10, 2007

I was tickled when decor8 reader, Maria Palatini, asked if she could write about one of her favorite Seattle stores. I figured that it may be helpful to those of you who plan to visit Seattle (or who live in the Pacific NW already). I also figure that even if you never plan to visit Seattle, it’s still fun to see what’s going on in different parts of the world. Take it away, Maria!

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity
Space Oddity, in Seattle’s uber-pretty Ballard neighborhood
By: Maria Palatini for decor8

Todd Werny’s funky little shop Space Oddity is located on a small side-street connected to the main artery of the style-savvy and sophisticated Ballard Avenue in Seattle?s sparkly, creative and hip Ballard neighborhood.

We’re talking destination-shopping here, rivaling LA’s Beverly Hills adjacent and surrounds. Except instead of Doughboys Bakery on W. 3rd Street in LA, you get Verite Coffee and Cupcake Royale on bordering Market Street.

I visited Space Oddity on a recent afternoon which was so typically Seattle, it was nearly cinema-worthy. Grey drizzly rain came down from the sky in a soft and dreary haze, and my companion and I (who was nice enough to lend me a very cute and bright printed umbrella for the afternoon to match her own) felt like we’d just stepped off of the Singles movie set, (or perhaps our shopping excursion could have been part of the movie!) as we traipsed around Ballard into this cool, cave-like spot.

Nestled in a relatively small space and warm and cozy with good music playing, there were vintage treasures galore to be found inside.

A ten year veteran of dealing in both vintage clothes and furniture in Seattle and its surrounds, Werny prides himself on the non-textbook approach of focusing on the soul and feel of each piece, rather than on its brand-name pedigree (although some pieces are pure certifiable brand-name vintage.) The main focus of the shop is mid-century, but other eras are represented as well. Affordability and accessibility, as well as an unpretentious hipness, make Space Oddity unique.

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity
The vibe, comfort, and old-time quality of the materials of an item are the most important things to Werny when choosing pieces for his customers to discover and likewise treasure. This is no museum, these pieces are meant to be used and loved in his client’s homes. The atmosphere of the shop is likewise mellow, allowing for the joy of exploration and creative brainstorming about design choices.

Standouts on my recent visit were some truly fab oversized Pucci-flavored 60’s stereo speakers and an as-fab painting, which was part graphic design, part painting, and all style. It featured a 70’s-esque snowy landscape, complete with a sun and moon and some groovy trees, a sleepy, cozy scene in white, tan and browns.

Shopping Seattle: Space OddityOther pieces of note were some sweetly stackable woven Aalto dining chairs and some great, solid and hip urban metal tables which were on rollers for easy mobility and flexibility in a given space.

Werny has new pieces come in all the time, so each visit is apt to bring about a new discovery, and since the shop is about to double in size due to a sizeable expansion currently in the process of being made, expect even more eye-popping vintage treasures on your next visit!

TIP: Blink and you’ll miss it, so be sure to look for the large rectangular sign outside, which is lit all-around and all-year-round in large, xmas-sy like bright white lights.

Space Oddity Hours: Tues-Fri 2-6 pm, Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun 12-4 pm. They are closed on Mondays. Location: 5318 22nd Ave NW, Seattle. spaceodditymodern AT hotmail DOT com

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity

Map and directions here

This is my first post for the decor8 blog, and I look forward to helping you up to heaping servings of Seattle’s amazing, multifaceted and let’s face it, just beautiful design scene in the future. Over and out until next time! – Maria Palatini.

Thanks, Maria! Great finds.

(images from todd w. at space oddity)


  • Reply Louise January 10, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I absolutely *adore* Space Oddity ! I always make my visits there a double feature by swinging by Deluxe Junk in Fremont on the way home!

    PS. Ten thousand thanks for the Seattle-centric blogging action, Maria!

  • Reply Kelly January 10, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I was thrilled to see this, as I just moved to Seattle a little over a week ago and am currently in nesting/decorating mode! We peered in Space Oddity’s windows last week (we were there too early to actually go in), and now I am encouraged to make a return trip much, much sooner!

    I think these types of posts are great for locals and trip planning as well!

  • Reply decor8 January 10, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    oh thanks ladies, i’m glad you appreciate these city store spotlights from time to time. it’s fun for me too – always learning about great new stores!

  • Reply Katherine January 10, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I look forward to your future posts about design in Seattle. I usually make two trips a year there, and one of them is dedicated to scouting out and enjoying shops like this. Thanks!

  • Reply Elaine January 11, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I think I had a dream about this place last night. The first picture is so captivating! I dreamed that there was an outdoor cafe around the corner of the building, and I sat sipping iced coffee. I love how this place looks. If I am ever in Seattle I will look it up.

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