curtis steiner: an eye for beauty
By Patricia Belyea
NEIGHBOR SERIES :: When Curtis Steiner opened his first shop on old Ballard Ave, he named it Souvenir—meaning “memory” and not a place to buy Space Needle salt and pepper shakers. Once filled with sublime art objects and his handmade cards, today his original retail space is slated to be replaced by an elevator shaft.
Little drawers fill many of the shop fixtures. Each one brims with even more goods full of intriguing details.
Handmade cards still play a role in Curtis’ success. Two large cabinets display his greetings cards where Curtis recycles iconic paintings from his early days.
With an eye for the unique, Curtis seeks out vintage and antique jewelry as well as crafts his own delicate gemstone ornaments.
The most recent art installation, Alex Lockwood’s paper sculptures made with discarded scratch tickets, added modern and colorful elements throughout the shop.
Wrapped up with a wide brown ribbon, overflowing tissue excelsior and a gold-rimmed flower, gifts from Curtis Steiner elicit delight from those who appreciate the interesting and the eccentric.Always knowing he would grow up to be an artist, Curtis uses his innate talents to create a rich environment stocked with his curated collection. Part decorative art gallery, part antique shop, part gift store, Curtis Steiner is a place to discover objects of wonderful beauty.
To gain more insights into Curtis’ world and stay up to date on new finds, follow: Curtis on Instagram.