We’re 10 days away from our Black Friday preview party, you guys. There will be no better way to usher in the holiday shopping frenzy than our micro pop-up at 2955 W. Lyndale from November 26-28. Not convinced? Check out vendor sneak peek #3, STUDY, and believe!
Andrew and John are home and event stylists with an eye for gleaming brass, sumptuous upholstered furniture, and the detail pieces that make a house a home. Visit their space at our short-term store and snag expertly curated vintage for everyone on your list! After the jump, peep our convo with the duo and see what you can buy from them at the upcoming Bazoo.
TVB: How did you get started selling vintage?
Andrew: I think we share parallel tales of an early fascination with decor. Growing up in rural Minnesota, I loved exploring the chaotic storage rooms of my grandmother’s 1875 farmhouse. I was taken with everything from 1950s Barbie dolls to rusted farm equipment, my grandmother’s antique living room furniture, but also her modern knee-high leather boots and seventies wallpaper. But selling vintage happened when interior design work started to turn into selling my own possessions to design clients. Sort of like “I have the perfect piece for that spot.” Confession: the first Vintage Bazaar contained inventory mostly comprised of items from our actual house.
John: My mother took me to my first estate sale when I was nine years-old and I bought this ridiculous Victorian swing-arm floor lamp with a huge crack in the base. I don’t know why I wanted it so badly, but I had to have it and I’ve kept it ever since. Let’s just say that I no longer buy anything that’s cracked, but I was definitely bit by the thrifting bug then and there. I’ve been collecting for myself ever since and expanded the game into refinishing, repurposing and reupholstering. When I moved to Chicago in 2005, I was really taken with what a strong “vintage” community there was here and it’s been incredibly inspiring. STUDY was born in 2009 when we realized that you can’t exactly keep every great find for yourself. But then again, given our backgrounds it was also sort of inevitable that we’d end up doing this.
TVB: What are your favorite current trends?
John: I am absolutely beside myself that the whole late-seventies, early-eighties icy glam look is coming back. It’s not BACK, BACK yet, I know, but just look at any blog and you’re bound to see a few Lucite consoles or brass pillars lying around. We like to incorporate these elements into our own home, but it’s got to be sparring otherwise it can become too much. Which is really true of everything – every style in moderation. Unless of course you’re talking about Milo Baughman. He’s my design hero. You may as well just bury my heart in a chrome casket.
Andrew: Well, for some reason I too am taken with brass as of late. Otherwise, I think I tend to like “pretty” things more than John. I will always be partial to traditional case pieces juxtaposed with something current. A Georgian style sideboard, perfectly proportioned and painted drab grey looks amazing next to a totally unfussy 1970s parson’s dining table surrounded by tubular metal upholstered chairs. Materials are huge with me. I like you to know what something is made of. Metal should look like metal, plastic like plastic. I love unintentional decoration, like an industrial light with repetition in its metalwork, or a sleek steel teacher’s desk that is ridiculously designed without any pretense. Other than that, I love Wormley and McCobb, now more than ever. But, are those even trends?
TVB: What can shoppers expect to see from you at the Bazaar?
Andrew: Expect items from the STUDY permanent collection combined with our usual smattering of well-priced and practical-ish small-ish furniture pieces and well-appointed accessories. This time around, we are going to haul in a few higher end pieces we’ve been saving up. Expect a modest showing of McCobb, MetalArte, and a newly upholstered piece or two. We are going a little more glam than usual, but we think it still looks comfortable. As always, we like to place things in a way that people can actually apply them to their own spaces. Context is everything.
John: At the last Vintage Bazaar, we had the luxury of a TON more space so we’re continuing with the trend of providing reasonably priced case pieces. I think that’s what shoppers were really hungry for the last time around and given the time of year this Bazaar is happening, it’s perfect for someone who is looking for a truly unique vintage gift. We’re still providing reasonably priced/quality smalls though for the shopper who isn’t bringing a pickup: Mid-Century Georges Briard tallboys, vintage brass seashell bookends, lacquered cedar boxes and – of course – all sorts of light fixtures: Lucite, gilt wheat sheaf, marble, ceramic. There’s definitely something for everyone.
TVB: Thanks guys!
I’ll tell you what — I might have to lock my pocketbook away because all of our vendors have a something I am dying to own. But wait, this is the season of giving to your self, right?