If you hit up Ballard for the Solestruck popup at Digs not long ago, chances are good you noticed the well-curated mid-century surroundings. With an aim to feature soley North American-made independent designs, Gretchen and Ben Knudsen moved shop from Bellingham a year ago and started "helping people understand modern interior in an accessible way."
Knudsen describes her Scandinavian-influenced supply as "gorgeous and real"—hence the children's section. If you're set on introducing geometric decor to your pad, they've got your covered. Peruse everything from tables and lights, to mirrors and stools for that modern, yet casual edge (they even have an array of books to style).
What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
We have a meticulously groomed Digs Pandora station, on which our current favorite artists are Body Language, Serge Gainsbourg, Shanghai Restoration Project, Roland Alphonso, and Os Mutantes.
What was your first job? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
Gretchen: I manned the fryer at the Taco Time booth at the Puyallup Fair. I really liked the fast pace, but not so much how hot it was. Digs can also keep me on my toes, but it's a lot less greasy.
Ben: I was the snowboard specialist at Cascade Sports in Mount Vernon when I was in high school. I loved having a job that was related to my favorite past-time. I've had a lot of other jobs in between, but somehow ended up back in retail. I still enjoying having a job that involves something I care about, but now it's good design.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now? Why?
Gretchen: I love the Case Study ceramic planters by Modernica. The balance of the matte ceramic with the wood stand is just perfection. So far, I only have one at home, but that won't last long. Also, the Area bedding. I have a lot of favorites.
Ben: Probably the Alden Sideboard by Eastvold. The continuous grain across the face is really impressive, and the design gives a nod to mid-century pieces while remaining fresh.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
Gretchen: I have a thrifting problem, so I frequent second-hand stores every chance I get, and the antique mall in SoDo is my happy place.
Ben: Gretchen does most of my clothes shopping for me, and I get my snowboard gear at Evo.