If you didn't know it was there, you'd never find Patina - a basement storefront tucked down a steep alley in North Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. But if you have a passion for mid-century modern and love a bargain to boot, this little shop is worth a visit.
The store offers a mix of styles, ranging in period from the 1930's (at the early end) to the 1970's. Most of the stock is American or Scandinavian furniture from the 1950's and '60's, including original Eames and Saarinen pieces, plus interesting finds from "unknown" designers of the period.
In addition to the core furniture offering - sofas, chairs, dining sets, etc. - the store stocks a small selection of decorative items and artwork. My favorite find so far has been a 3' x 5' oil painting riffing on a 1968 LBJ campaign poster in op art style.
The stock turns over frequently, so if you don't see what you're looking for on your first visit, stop in again - you may find the perfect item at a price you can love.