Down the Vintage Rabbit Hole

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!


1. Jean Perzel Geometric Chandelier / Chairish 2. Poul Kjaerholm PK20 Chairs / 1st Dips 3. Leon Rosen for Pace Swivel Lounge Chair / Everything But The House 4. Mastercraft Dining Table Bases / Esty

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