Every once in a while I like to unwind by taking a few moments and casually perusing my favorite vintage design websites like 1stDibs, Chairish, and EBTH. Ok, that was a total lie. I spend at least an hour every day obsessively combing through these online treasure troves! Since I’m a designer, in theory you may think I was searching for that special something for a particular client, but I have to admit I’m usually looking through pages of random furnishings and tschochkes with no real end goal in mind. I just love the feeling of being hit by wave after wave of wonderous, random, and oftentimes confusing home decor. If I find something that may work for a client, all the better!
Though I have a degree in Interior Design, and loads of experience, sometimes I feel like the vast majority of my decor knowledge has come from trolling these sites over the last 10 years. It happens like this: I’ll be lazily perusing my fave site, fall in love with something I’ve never seen before, dig a little deeper and then realize there’s an entire world of collectors and enthusiasts who know all about that exact piece of vintage design furniture or designer or what-have-you upon which I have only just laid my eyes. What could be demoralizing (am I the only one in the world who had never heard of this thing?!) is, instead, invigorating because now I know about it too!
With that in mind, I’ve decided to begin a regular round-up of my favorite “who knew this was a thing?” finds. I’d love to hear from you, too. Are you a collector or enthusiast of vintage design pieces? Can you tell me more about a certain designer or furniture style? Let’s learn from each other!