Friday, April 22, 2016

The Find: Reminded of John Derian's Vintage Walls



John Derian's home photographed exclusively for "The Find" by Jim Franco

It's been almost seven years since Clarkson Potter published my book, "The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating," and the event that helped launch it, Housing Works' Design on a Dime fundraiser, is in full swing this weekend.

Recently over brunch at L&W Oyster, I was reminded of a specific page from "The Find" when I noticed a hallway decorated with pages from Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who!" and a bathroom covered with tears from '70s men's magazines. The page from "The Find" that came to mind was one that features the entry of  designer John Derian's Lower East Side walk-up apartment.

The whimsical wall coverings created out of book and magazine pages at L&W Oyster

People continue to marvel over the way John achieved this textural, one-of-a-kind effect on a wall out of a dilapidated book. When I asked him how he did it, he responded that he just took the loose pages and affixed them to the wall with nothing more than watered-down white glue.

Simply Imaginative!

The Elegant Thrifter



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