Name: Rob K.
Location: Park Slope, Bklyn
Size: 260 s/f 1-Bedroom; top floor of subdivided row house
You can find great art everywhere: at flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, etc. The two original paintings above my desk, done by an Australian in the 1960s, came from a DC flea market and cost less than $10 each.
What inspired you?
I'm a graphic designer who moved from DC to NY to get my Master's degree in communication design. I had to put this tiny apartment together on a very low budget using mainly items I already owned. (My acid-trip bedspread came from Urban Outfitters, on sale for $5.00). [more below]
...I love Danish modern design, acid green, op-art patterns, eccentric silhouettes, and the 1960s space-age look. Most of my vintage pieces came from flea markets and a few family hand-me-downs. I love my George Nelson-esque wooden chest of drawers for its clean lines -- and its good memories. It came from my sister's childhood bedroom.
Mid-Century modern pieces by unknown designers are often just as well-designed and well-made as those by the superstars, for a fraction of the price. And they can be more interesting, because people have seen the famous designs so many times already.