Hip Haven Overview
Austin-based, retro-modern decor designer, Hip Haven, creates lighting and decorative accessories inspired by midcentury modernism, which range from authentic, high-quality reproductions to reimagined, contemporary designs and color options that would have been right at home in the era.
Fueled by a passion for midcentury modern design, and a recognition of a demand for high-quality, vintage-influenced decorative accessories, Kelley Sandidge, Hip Haven’s owner and operator, founded the company in 2002, to round out the burgeoning field of reproduction furniture. The first product introduced by Hip Haven was their Retro Bullet Planter, an authentic reproduction of the original “bullet” planters that were first introduced in the 1950s. The product was very wellreceived and within a year had appeared in several national publications, catapulting Hip Haven into the spotlight as the go-to accessory supplier for the then-niche midcentury modern market. As the design style has expanded in popularity, the Hip Haven line has grown to include decorative screen door inserts, globe pendant lighting, mini bullet planters, and a retro bullet lighting collection, among others. While midcentury modern style is their inspiration—with its varied influences from atomic to primitive—Hip Haven chooses to incorporate accents that depart from the style, and to experiment with new colors, finishes, modern technologies, and design twists that allow their products to be interpreted in new and interesting ways, more relevant to the present. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and all of their products are crafted in the United States with a commitment to creating high-quality lighting and accessories that exude an authentic midcentury modern feel. Hip Haven has extensive experience working with commercial and residential clients both across the United States and internationally, and their designs are carried in retail stores across the globe.
Hip Haven F.A.Q.
What is a “bullet” planter? First manufactured in postwar, 20th century America, “bullet” planters reflected the era’s fascination with all things space age and modern. Nestled in a steel tripod stand, they appear almost ready for take-off.
In the 1950s, technological advancements in the plastics industry opened up new avenues for designers, allowing them to build light, durable objects with curves, lines, and integral colors. An especially popular material for designers was fiberglass reinforced plastic. Used early on in crash helmets, this fire-resistant, waterproof material was introduced into the home decor world with objects such as colorful lampshades, the famous Eames shell chair, and—you guessed it—the “bullet” planter. Equally suited to an austere Modernist apartment as to a turquoise and pink suburban home, the vibrant planters became an instant classic. Are Hip Haven products reproductions, or contemporary designs? While midcentury modern style is their inspiration, and they strive to emulate the past and its language of design, Hip Haven chooses to incorporate accents that depart from the style, and to experiment with new colors, finishes, modern technologies, and design twists that make their products more relevant to the present. Who makes up Hip Haven’s customer base? Hip Haven has extensive experience working with commercial and residential clients both across the United States and internationally. In additional to online retail sales, Hip Haven products are carried by well-known retailers, such as Design Within Reach, Yliving, Lumens, Hayneedle, Dwell, One Kings Lane and a myriad of brick and mortar stores. Additionally, the Hip Haven planter and lighting collections have been used extensively in residential and commercial design projects. High profile jobs have included: The Standard Hotels, Facebook Corporate, The Seattle Children’s Museum, Universal Studio’s Cabana Bay Hotel in Orlando, the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, and many more. Where are Hip Haven’s products manufactured? The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and all of their products are manufactured in the United States with a commitment to creating high-quality lighting and accessories that exude an authentic midcentury modern feel. Because Hip Haven’s production runs are modest in size and they work domestically, many of their lines can be customized with low minimums. Where can the Hip Haven products be viewed? Hip Haven operates out of a showroom and warehouse in South Austin. The showroom is open by appointment for in-person product viewings every Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Afterhours and weekend viewings can be accommodated if requested. To schedule an in-person appointment, please call 512-462-4755. Consult www.hiphaven.com for our established product lines and more information on the company. Newer introductions and a more condensed presentation of existing lines can be found in our PDF catalog, here.
Product Details: Vessels The Retro Bullet Planter First made in post-war, 20th century America, “bullet” planters reflected the era’s fascination with all things space age and modern. Nestled in a steel tripod stand, they appear almost ready for take-off. In the 1950s, technological advancements in the plastics industry opened up new avenues for designers, allowing them to build light, durable objects with curves, lines, and integral colors. An especially popular material for designers was fiberglass reinforced plastic. Used early on in crash helmets, this fire-resistant, waterproof material was introduced into the home decor world with objects such as colorful lampshades, the famous Eames shell chair, and— you guessed it—the “bullet” planter. Flash forward 60 years—midcentury modern design has earned its place in history and continues to thrive in the form of high-quality reproductions. The Retro Bullet Planter by Hip Haven is faithful to its predecessors in shape, texture, color, and quality. Our planters provide the finishing touches to round out midcentury-influenced interiors, while at the same time harmonizing with other decorative styles. Hip Haven’s bullet planters are made of compression-molded fiberglass with integral pigment. The bowls are available in 16 different colors and measure 15.75” in diameter. Powder-coated steel tripod stands—available in black, silver, clear coat, and now white— will tolerate covered outdoor conditions and can be 16, 23 or 30 inches tall. The Patio Pod The Hip Haven Patio Pod is the larger, all-weather version of our ever-popular bullet planter. The bowl of the Patio Pod is available in either powder-coated steel or anodized aluminum and stands upon stainless steel, hairpin legs. The Patio Pod Measures 18 inches in diameter, stands at 28 inches tall and is appropriate for outdoor use.
The Mini Retro Bullet Planter Answering our customers’ demands for a tabletop-sized alternative to the full-sized fiberglass bullet planter, our Mini Retro Bullet Planter is the perfect home for a succulent garden or bouquet. This scaled-down version is sized just right for apartment dwellers and priced at under $100, making it a spectacular gift item. Made of spun aluminum with a powder-coated bowl, the Mini is 9.5 inches in diameter, and approximately 9.5 inches tall. It is currently available in four colors and two anodized finishes and is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.
Product Details: Lighting Spun Metal Lighting Collection Spun metal bullet lighting is a staple of midcentury design, but looks just as at home as ever in modern times. Customers are able to choose from between 10 different shade profiles and nine fixture configurations, as well as a variety of powder-coated or brushed finishes, all culminating in the design of their own, made-to-order spun metal fixture. NEW! Retro Bullet Lighting Collection The Retro Bullet Lighting Collection is Hip Haven’s most recent line. These hard-sided bullet shades are made from the same versatile material as our bullet planters and are faithful interpretations of their vintage predecessors in every way, proudly displaying the unique texture, translucence, and durability of compression-molded fiberglass. Their fibrous texture and warm, diffused glow give these shades an appearance distinct from plastic or glass. Fixtures from the Retro Bullet Lighting Collection are available in all of the standard configurations from the Spun Metal Lighting Collection, as well as in additional designs. Globe Pendant Collection The globe pendant fixture is a midcentury design that never left production, and remains as stylish today as it ever was. Hip Haven carries the widest selection of globe pendant options available on the web. There are four shade colors to choose from—in either acrylic or glass—and the pendants themselves range in diameter from 6 to 36 inches. They can be ordered for both indoor or outdoor purposes, and are customizable with no minimums. Additional, Stand-alone lighting designs “Bowtie” Interior/Exterior Dual Sconces Pendants lamps with various shade profiles in brass, anodized aluminum, and powder-coated steel Large and small lanterns with various shade options Custom designs made to order with zero to low minimums
Product Details: Accessories Vintage Style Screen Door Inserts Inspired by midcentury bungalow-style cottages, our screen doors will add an authentic detail to older homes, or a touch of the past to new builds. Choose the decorative silhouette that suits your style, from desert to tropics, and from rustic to modern. All scrolls and two-dimensional silhouette designs can be reversed for use on double doors and inserts ship painted with primer gray. Our door inserts are made 29 inches wide to fit the inner opening of a 36 inch (3-0) single pane screen door. Hairpin Legs Hip Haven’s hairpin legs transform ordinary materials into stylish retro furnishing. Available in five different heights, our hairpin legs can fit everything from a dresser to a dining table. They are ideal for restoration projects or to be used by do-ityourself furniture designers. The legs are currently available in either 4, 10, 16, 22, and 28 inches tall and customers can choose from gloss black powder coat, matte black powder coat, chrome or unpainted. Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs The Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs by Hip Haven are the company’s first foray into furniture design. The line will eventually expand to include solid colored seats, but the initial release and the technique Hip Haven is most excited about, is their designs that use inlaid rattan or burlap. The fabrics are actually molded into the chairs, meaning that no two are alike. The chairs beautifully fuse modern lines and the rich texture and variation of unrefined plant fibers. The chairs are currently available with either rattan or burlap seat, and either chrome or black powder coated legs.
Molded Fiberglass Trays Adding to Hip Haven’s growing collection of molded fiberglass designs, they are now introducing a series of serving trays in a variety of patterns, which are — like the Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs — made with inlaid fabric inside of clear fiberglass resin. The Fiberglass trays are currently available in lengths of 9 to 26 inches, and can be used for almost anything from serving tea, to holding treasures.
Kelley Sandidge Owner & Founder
Fueled by a passion for midcentury modern design, and a recognition of a demand for vintageinfluenced, high-quality, decorative accessories, Kelley Sandidge, Hip Haven’s owner and operator, founded the company in 2002, to round out the burgeoning field of reproduction furniture.
Raised by a family of artists—in both Austin and Peru—it was her grandmother’s abstract expressionist paintings and 50’s modern furniture that initially inspired Sandidge’s interest in the midcentury style. Prior to founding Hip Haven, Sandidge had careers in both the design and development of children’s museum exhibitions, as well as in commercial interior design consultation and sales. These professional experiences, combined with her enthusiasm for midcentury modern design, have given her the tools and motivation to pursue the creation of her own product line: and fourteen years later, the line is still going strong. Sandidge has formal training in both Studio Art and Museum Education, and currently lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter and husband.