John Derian Company, 5 Fabulous Reasons We Love Shopping At Bowery's Most Charming Home Decor Store
John Derian is a decorative artist based in New York City who's career began by producing decoupage objects in 1989.
By combining a love for painting with his love for creating things by hand, John began working with artisans to develop reprints from his personal collection of 18th and 19th century images. The process of decoupage consists of taking print reproductions and placing them under glass. This results in a series of products that include plates, vases, paperweights, wall hangings, lighting and more decorative accessories.
In 1995, John Derian opened his first retail store in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan where he sold his decoupage product line. A few years later, John Derian expanded by opening the John Derian Dry Goods shop, which sells antique imports and assorted textiles.
In 2013, Derian opened his furniture store where he sells his own furniture collection in partnership with Cisco Brothers. Throughout his career, Derian has collaborated with several international home decor, lifestyle and fashion brands, while consistently remaining true to his own distinctive aesthetic.
Scroll down to our five fabulous reasons why we love shopping at John Derian Company.
1. An Element of Surprise
The selection within each of the John Derian stores is ever-changing. During each visit, one is bound to discover something new and different than before. Whether it be new glassware from the Czech Republic or block-printed textiles from Italy, John is always delivering a fresh product assortment for clients!
2. Antique Imports
Most of the goods sold throughout John Derian are sourced from New England, France, Belgium, Morocco, West Africa, Italy, Czech Republic and New York. John actually travels throughout the year to find the collectibles himself. When sourcing anything from furniture to plateware, John doesn't purchase anything "too perfect." He is extremely passionate about supporting artisans that honor traditional technique and skill.
3. Handmade Objects
With a focus on selling beautiful hand-crafted pieces, John holds himself to that same standard with his personal collections by only offering non factory-made products. As previously mentioned, his decoupage designs are entirely made by hand and his furniture line uses eco-friendly 19th-century upholstery.
4. Commitment To Artisanal Quality
There is something special about being able to visit a retail store today that solely carries authentic goods. It is refreshing to shop a collection that has been precisely curated and expertly handpicked by the owner himself.
5. Special Retail Environment
John's approach to offer one-of-a-kind designs truly creates a unique shopping environment. Each genuinely crafted product represents history, which makes you immediately appreciate the object at a different level, unlike a mass-produced item.
Intimate conversations are generated by customers who become curious about the origin of a peice. And, as a result, a special connection between the product and the buyer is established. The hope, of course, is that their purchase enhances their own home's environment.
John Derian, John Derian Dry Goods and John Derian Furniture stores are all located on 2nd St. at Bowery in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.