Hipsters invade Chestnut Hill

After four years in Phoenixville, Hipster Home just relocated to Germantown Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of the city. The new store, according to Dave Friday — who owns it with his longtime girlfriend Lindsay Herman — offers “classic contemporary pieces” that are “design forward, but still functional” and “not down the trendy path.”

Actually, that doesn’t sound hipster at all.

“The name is definitely tongue-in-cheek,” Friday explains. “It’s just our sense of humor. Not everyone gets it.” A similar sensibility went into the naming of Kung Fu Necktie, a bar in Fishtown co-owned by Herman’s brother, he adds.

Hipster Home carries furniture, kitchenware, bath products, sound systems, decorative pieces and a bunch of funky odds and ends. Most of the inventory can also be found online at www.hipsterhome.com, along with a selection of sofas and other big items that don’t fit into the store.

Five fave items

1 “Our Umbra wine rack is bright, colorful, functional, a space saver and priced right,” says Friday. Umbra Grapevine wine rack, $20

2 “Our Gus Modern sectional is called a ‘bi-sectional’ because it flips from right side to left side just by moving the cushions around.” Gus Modern Jane Bi-Sectional, $2,999

3 “Another Gus Modern piece, called the Upcycle Ottoman. They are such cool pieces and the fact that they took an inexpensive burlap bag and turned it into a piece of furniture/art is incredible.” Gus Modern Upcycle Ottoman, $395

4 “The ‘Psycho’ shower curtain is fun and functional and adds a pop of color and whimsy to an otherwise boring room.” Kikkerland Design shower curtain, $18

5 “These tiny little speakers give your iPod some noticeable sound.” Mini-iStereo-Dock iPod-Compatible Docking Connector, $20

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