Former architect William Stout started selling European design books from his apartment in the 1970s. Today, his bi-level store offers more than 20,000 titles spanning architecture, urban planning, art and design (industrial, landscape, interior, furniture, graphic and beyond), dramatically backed by lipstick-red accent walls. Artists and design professionals pore over the art, typography and graphic design tomes downstairs; design lovers and lay people sigh in envy as they flip through shelter porn on the upper level. The tomes here are pricey—many run to $50 and up—but are akin to objets d'art themselves.
|Venue name:||William Stout Architectural Books||Contact:|
804 Montgomery St
|Cross street:||between Jackson and Pacific Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 10am–6:30pm; Sat 10am–5:30pm:|
|Transport:||Bus 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 10, 12, 30X, 41, 82X|