Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Bit of John Derian


My daughter's career often takes her to New York and when she
happened to be there a few years ago, on one of her regular trips, she
got me a lovely little handmade decoupaged tray by John Derian. As I
was thumbing through my December copy of Elle Decor, who are they
featuring in their 12 Things I can't Live Without article, but Mr. Derian
himself! One of the things we have in common is our love of the film
I Know Where I'm Going with Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey. I knew
we were simpatico.


He has a wonderful East Village shop full of charming creations made
from vintage ephemera, something I am crazy about anyway, pasted
onto glass. Here's my darling little bit of John Derian. It's a glass tray
about 9" x 4", with a vintage piece of ephemera with a bird design
decoupaged behind the glass. The photo doesn't do it justice, it's
actually very luminous and lovely!

36 comments:

  1. That is a shop where I could spend hours browsing. I think I'll run over to Barnes and Nobles and read that article today. Your tray is lovely. Don't you love getting one of a kind gifts like that?

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  2. One of my favorite gifts was a simple, dark brown-glazed terra cotta bowl that a dear friend bought for me in a potter's shop in Kentucky. I like to use it to serve guacamole. I've had it for years and though this friend and I are no longer in touch with one another, I always think of her whenever I use it.

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  3. Ok...that is definitely a shop I'd like to spend time in...



    Your platter is charming. It depicts a type of calligraphy I've always admired and never mastered.

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  4. It looks so elegant, really beautiful Willow.

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  5. How sweet of your daughter! Never heard of this man, but I am far far behind on decor. But I love vintage and am sure it would be fun to peruse this shop. Thanks.

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  6. Why do I get hungry when I read your food list. Mmm, simple but delicous chicken and squash.

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  7. Love the photo of the shop which is probably a dangerous place to go! Your platter is lovely and certainly a one of a kind beauty.

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  8. You would probably need to stick a spotlight underneath the tray to make it as resplendent as you like. It still looks lovely though.

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  9. Love the swallow in the first pic! I could definitely fill a shopping bag....or two...in that shop!

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  10. Are you channeling my mind?
    I'm off to John Derian today with Susanna of Susanna's sketchbook.
    I will leave my credit cards at home.......

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  11. Willow - I love John Derian's work and his shop looks absolutely fascinating - I want to visit immediately.

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  12. How lovely! I really enjoy his work, such a timeless, unique style.

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  13. Elizabeth, I was definitely picking up your vibes! Wish I was going along, too. Be sure to tell me all about it!

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  14. I've seen his work and it is lovely.

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  15. Beee u t ful .. where is his shop, I am going to have to go visit ...

    :-Daryl

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  16. We have such similar tastes willow and I don't want to miss any of your posts so I'm adding you to my blogroll.

    That tray is simply beautiful

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  17. A lovely tray...a true keepsake. His shop looks wonderful, the kind of place to spend time and money! New York has just about everything, it's a matter of just looking for all the treasures, a true walking city!

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  18. That looks like a very interesting shop to hang out in. Have I mentioned how much I love your header!

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  19. Good shop, no ???

    See You later Lady Willow...

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  20. Lovely dish, Willow! What a precious gift! I'll have to look him up--his name is familiar--maybe once I see his things, I'll recognize more. I love browsing through that type of shop!

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  21. wow, beautiful. I just got back from 5 days in NYC... I wish I had been able to read this THEN, lol!

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  22. absolutely beautiful. i love the shop and the platter is spectacular. lovely blog as well!~

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  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE !!! MLou is off to NYC this weekend for a wee big city adventure and I am tres envious.

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  24. I followed the link in your post and had a pleasant surprise whilst watching the slide show. Thanks for introducing me to this genius. Really lovely stuff. I'm sure you would love the Antiques Shop in Islington, north London, near where I was last weekend. Only been inside once but I could not go further than the basement and it's two whole floors full of antiques! Too much to see, too little time.

    Greetings from London.

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  25. I thought I had already written my comment... I lose my head.
    If the bus Poitiers went up the East Village, I would be pleased to visit the shop of John Derian.

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  26. Oh..Willow, what an exquisite tray! Beautiful...

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  27. I would love to browse in that shop! Gorgeous platter, Willow.

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  28. Love his work and the crew. There always charming. So glad to be back here

    e

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  29. Ahhh, "I Know Where I'm Going"... what excellent taste all around. :)

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  30. I love the look of that shop. And thank you, Willow, for introducing me to John Derian.

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  31. I think I could spend a very long time indeed there!

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  32. Ohhhhhh, John Derian's shop is my favourite shop in all of New York. Every square inch of the place has something magical on display. I went there with Elizabeth (About New York) this past Tuesday and she told me about you and your blog. She's right, you are a treat. :)

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  33. Thank you for sharing the link of this amazing shop- I adore almost everything there!

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