Location: Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 1500 square feet | 3 bedrooms
Years lived in: 2 years
Justin, owner of a music promotion company, Pigeon vs Statue, has a similar penchant for collecting as last week’s house tour owner, but Justin does it on a much smaller and more modest scale. He’s on the lookout for relics of an age when design was much more straightforward and built to last.
Justin’s collection differs as well in that all the elements are rather recent acquisitions. A few years ago, Justin arrived in New York City from Australia with a suitcase and a plan. Since then, he has slowly discovered antique stores and sidewalks on ‘big garbage day,’ amassing small pieces that he loves.
Even though he lives with roommates, he tries to maintain a standard of design that approaches how he would live on his own. Justin makes relatively understated interventions and respects the need for neutrality in a shared space.
Having accumulated relatively little over the years, Justin still enjoys the impact of the uncollected object as well as the pleasures of the collected object. In other words, the simplicity of minimalism is as appreciated as the nostalgia and stories embedded in his collection.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My style: Eclectic Vintage
Inspiration: Machine Age, 1930’s/ 40’s, New York
Favorite Element: Worn out wood, aged metal, chips and imperfections.
Biggest Challenge: Starting from scratch after moving from Australia.
What Friends Say: Where did you get that painting?!
Biggest Embarrassment: Not having the worn, black leather chesterfield (or any sofa for that matter) I’d like to own.
Proudest DIY: Drum side table salvaged from the sidewalk.
Biggest Indulgence: The 8ft tall Charlie Newton painting.
Best Advice: When shopping for vintage, pay what the item is worth to you. Nothing else matters. Also, “He who hesitates is lost”.
Dream Source: Alameda, CA. Flea Market
Red Plastic collapsible cup - Stewart/Stand
(Images: Jill Slater)
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