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After 78 years San Francisco's iconic Flax Art & Design store will unveil its new 14,500 square feet home at 1501 Martin Luther King Way.





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The FLAX "F" logo was created by Louis Danziger in 1949 and is in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Latest News

SF Station, San Francisco’s Legacy Business List: Historical & Cultural Hot Spots, JANUARY, 2018

East Bay Express, ARTS & CULTURE » ART PICK - Oakland Print Fair at FLAX Art & Design, OCTOBER, 2017

Oakland Magazine, Best Art Store, JUNE, 2016

San Francisco Magazine, The Best Places to Shop in SF in 2016
(FLAX Fort Mason Center store), JUNE 2016

Bedford Gallery, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, BG Blog, Inspiring Creativity: An Interview with Howard Flax, JUNE, 2016

Oakland Momma, (lifestyle blog),  Right Brain Inspired at Flax art and design, By Adrienne Schell, JUNE, 2016

510 Families, FLAX Art & Design brings more creativity to Oakland, By Heather Flett, MAY, 2016

KQED News FLAX Art Supply Opens a New Store and a New Era With Move to Oakland, Contributors: Tara Siler, Chloe Veltman and Devin Katayama, APRIL 1, 2016

San Francisco Magazine, Flax Art & Design, Like The Artists It Serves, Is Decamping To Oakland, By Joe Eskenazi, JANUARY, 2016

SF Gate Longtime Market Street art supply store Flax moving to Oakland, By J.K. Dineen, JANUARY, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle, Flax art merchant sees forced move as brush with opportunity, By J.K. Dineen, AUGUST, 2015

ABC7 News, New Legislation is Trying to Protect Old Businesses from SF Real Estate Boom, OCTOBER, 2014

NBC Bay Area news segment, Longtime San Francisco Art Store Faces Tough Search for New Home, by Joe Rosato Jr., JULY, 2014

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"FLAX is really meant for Oakland … this is a family-owned business … so it’s perfect to place this in a city with so much artistic energy and legacy — so close to public transportation and in the center of the Bay Area, where all artistic souls can get here conveniently.”

-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (from this KQED article)

Latest Awards

best-of-ebx-2017.jpgEast Bay Express - Best Art Supplies






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FLAX art & design, Oakland store named Best Arts & Crafts Store - Goods & Services - Readers' Choice





Best of San Francisco, 2016.jpegSan Francisco Magazine - Best Places to Shop 2016

FLAX art & design, Fort Mason Center store named Best Places to Shop in SF - Hobby - Art Supplies





best-of-oakland-2016-small.jpgOakland Magazine - Best Art Store 2016

Flax Art & Design, Oakland store named Best Art Store - Goods & Services, Editor's Choice






winner-ribbon-1-.pngBay Area A-List - BEST OF 2015

Flax Art & Design named Best Arts and Crafts by Bay Area A-List voters






Flax, Top 100 Shop

FLAX is among the Top 100 Shops in the Bay Area. The list was compiled by 14 Bay Area tastemakers who chose their go-to stores, and published in the SF Chronicle's Style section.

For the page featuring FLAX, click on this link to a pdf:  Top 100 shops.










Red Tricycle Award

Totally Awesome Artistic Art Supplies

Red Tricycle's Awesome Awards honor kid friendly brands, products and services as recognized by the Red Tricycle Community.

Red Tricycle is a mom-focused community that helps parents have more fun with their kids. For these awards Moms nominated their picks, then the top nominees and Red Tricycle's editorial team picked the finalists for each category.

Our goal at FLAX is to inspire creativity, and we work hard to present a wide selection of arts and craft supplies for kids to express their imagination through thoughtful play. We are proud to share this award with you.