John Derian, NYC store owner, designer and collector has turned his individualist aesthetic to a different project – his new abode.
Perfectly suited to Derian’s distinctive style, this dilapidated East Village bohemia has been given a new breath of life, while still maintaining it’s character and history. When it comes down to it, it’s a simple face-lift rather than a full renovation. Creaky plank floor boards are preserved, new walls are matched to old dusty ones, a Viking stove sits across from a newly installed industrial slate sink and the modern fridge had it's front replaced with 19th century doors.
“I wish I had spray dust or spray dirt in a can,” Derian confessed to T Magazine “I don’t want to lose the look of the place – I want that patina”.
While Derian’s love of all things vintage is extreme, there is certainly something to be said of this exquisitely simple transformation. A space such as this, with a clear story written into the walls, deserves the opportunity to speak for itself. And here, Derian does nothing more than hold up the mic.