{Mini} Sneak Peek: George of Material Culture

Yesterday we featured Material Culture – an amazing 90,000 square foot store in Philadelphia. George, the owner, also has one awesome house. The outside spaces were filled with flowers, interesting wood structures and huge terra cotta pots (from George’s travels). Inside, his house felt like a museum but the type of museum where they encourage you to touch everything. You could tell that George really lives with and loves the items he sells at his store. We thought you all might like to take a quick peek inside (and outside) his home.

[Salvaged pieces of a 19th century teak cabinet are used as the doors and backsplash of a kitchen counter that incorporates an antique Anatolian copper basin as a sink.]


[A pergola composed of 18th century Moghul teak arches creates an intimate space for outdoor dining. Wrought iron chairs encircle a dining table made from an antique copper tray.]

Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All

Wow. I’m curious, is this house in Philly proper? Or a suburb?

We live minutes from Material Culture, but haven’t been there in years. I’m thinking we need to make a return visit.


Awesome! Just awesome! Love George’s eclectic design style. Can’t quite figure out exactly what category to put it in… beside just plain wonderful. Thanks for the blogging.

alissa & ryan

Hi Vicki-

George’s house is just outside Philly in Chestnut Hill. You should definitely revisit Material Culture :-)


Chestnut Hill is not outside of Philadelphia. It is in Philadelphia just past Mt. Airy (where I live). I know his house well, I pass when I ride my bike to Borders Book Store. And most of my furniture is scavegene or is from Material Culture.

alissa & ryan


you are indeed right… i meant to write it is just outside center city philly. thanks for catching that.


I’m so glad to see Material Culture featured! It’s one of Philadelphia’s finest. I’ve made a number of wonderful purchases there over the years, especially in their discount area. And their rugs are simply amazing. It’s one of those fine shopping gems where you can never leave there without finding something wonderful to take home…


“pergola composed of 18th century Moghul teak arches…”

This leaves a bad taste in the mouth. How could 18th century Moghul teak arches be smuggled out of India? I’m certain the current owner did not purchase them illegally. But certainly, those arches will have a dubious history. As an Indian, it pains me to see priceless Indian artefact smuggled out of the country and sold for exorbitant prices. The Indian government and the end purchaser is equally to blame.