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John Derian, Designer, King of Decoupage, and Remodelista Judge

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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Jun 19, 2015

We're thrilled to announce our third and final judge for the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards : artist-designer, retailer, and king of decoupage John Derian.   Above: John Derian 's home decor empire is large and growing, but he's still best known for the decoupage accessories that made him famous. His plates, bowls, and paperweights are each created by hand in his New York studio using John's collection of antique and vintage prints. A lover of all things old, John has developed a line of furniture for LA-based eco-furniture maker Cisco Brothers  that's largely inspired by antique European designs. He has three shops in New York, all on the same block in the East Village: one that showcases his decoupage and global finds; another devoted to textiles, furniture, and art; and a third filled with his Cisco Brothers collection. John also has a summertime shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. For more, browse John's collaborations with Remodelista favorite French tableware maker Astier de Villatte . Follow him on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram: @johnderian and @johnderiancompany . Photograph via  The Telegraph . 9 Things to Know About John Cities I've Lived In: Boston, Cambridge, New York.  Biggest Design Influence: Clive and Vanessa Bell's Bloomsbury Group: The idea of a group of friends and families starting a movement is inspiring. (Photograph of the library at the Bloomsbury Group's Charleston retreat via The Telegraph .) Favorite Shop:  Paula Rubenstein 's antiques shop on Bond Street in NYC. Paula is a true artist. Favorite Artist: I don't have a favorite, but lately I've been into the work of Philip Malicoat . Favorite Work of Architecture: The Pantheon in Rome. (Photograph by Meredith Swinehart.)  Last Item I Bought for My House: Two pretty still life paintings and a self portrait by  Evelin Bodfish Bourne .  James Bakker Gallery in Provincetown has an amazing collection of her work. Latest DIY Project: Not really a DIY, but I did recently clean my basement in my house in Provincetown and it was so satisfying.  On My Wish List for My House: A roof deck. Last Art Exhibit I Saw: The artist Emily Hass in a group show in Brooklyn. (Photograph from String-Nail series via Emily Hass .) Design by John Derian  Above: John Derian makes his home on one floor of an 1850s former factory in the East Village, the perfect space for a man obsessed with patina. John retained the loft's smoke-stained walls and damaged plastering, and his back windows overlook a 19th-century graveyard. Here, a mix of antique pieces and John's own designs in his living room. Apartment photography by William Abranowicz for the New York Times.  Above: In his bedroom, John used the room's subfloor as the new floor and had the windows restored; otherwise, he left it largely as found.  Above: A door leads from the bedroom to a closet and corner space that John uses as a home office. Above: When John bought the loft, the shower was located in a makeshift closet at the top of several stairs; his improved setup has subway tiled walls and gold-toned fixtures. Above: The home office is evocative of John's decoupage. Read profiles of our other two Remodelista awards judges, designer Estee Stanley and blogger Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar.  Don't forget to enter your spaces into the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards contest by midnight Pacific Time this Monday, June 22.  More Stories from Remodelista Awards Submissions Due Monday! (Details, Plus an Insider Tip) A Case for Display: Rupert's Curiosities Cabinet A Bright Son: Robert Long Revives His Father's 1960s Sausalito Lighting Company






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