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John Derian’s East Village Bohemia: Before and After

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John Derian’s East Village Bohemia: Before and After

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.

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