I had a reunion with my sisters in New York this week and had a fabulous time! We shopped, swapped clothes, ate and enjoyed wine and barbecue on the Brooklyn roof tops. I could not resist a few excursions to some design shops I have been dying to check out IRL (in real life).
My first stop was the John Derian Company. I have been a fan for years. I was not disappointed!
John Derian is renowned for his exquisite découpage plates, platters, coasters, bowls and paperweights. Decoupage or Découpage is an art form that involves pasting images on objects or surfaces and then layering them with lacquer or varnish. The word is derived from the French verb découper, which means to cut out. John Derian découpage items are hand made in New York by the artist and his staff. Here are a few photographs I took of his work:
Of course one cannot go to John Derian’s store without looking at the beautiful imported French Astier de Villatte Ceramics :
The store is actually comprised of two shops. Both are filled with an array of refined and unusual objects, furniture and accessories. One can find contemporary toys made in New York using renowned German plush toy fabrication techniques:
I had a crush on the embroidered Coral and Tusk items that were scattered throughout:
I cannot resist the Tête à tête upholstered seat by John Derian and was thrilled to be able to see it in real life and sit in it. Very very comfortable piece!
Fabrics and bedding abounded and I was thrilled to see some of Les Indiennes printed fabrics up close:
Finally, I shall leave you with this image of Hugo Guinness Art:
A bientôt! School is about to start for my children and I am looking forward to blogging more often