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Dan Fink Studio

Dan Fink Studio is an interior design firm rooted in a deep respect for history, architecture, and fine art. In collaboration with photographer Adrian Gaut, Javas Lehn Studio art-directed a series of photographs illustrating the eclectic historicism of Dan Fink’s trademark style.

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

I spot Isamu Noguchi, the famed vintage White Clad Measuring Tape made by Lufkin Rule Co., a Tolomeo-style classic table lamp, midcentury vases and doorknobs. Visually reading like an I Spy book filled with beautiful bric-a-brac, what modern design delights from the 21st century can you find?

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

The still life photographs illicit of a memory of a bountiful Renaissance still-life replete with peacock feathers, pomegranate, cheeses, a pheasant and other opulent delights. And yet, upon further inspection, one sees the accoutrement of an eclectic, design-based lifestyle: Irving Penn Photography, Jean Arp’s Abstractions, Charlotte Perriand’s Chaise Lounges, crystals, marble busts, parisian cafe decor, and other sundries.

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

The studio, based in the West Village, NYC is an interior design studio with a broad interest in history, art and new American Living. The firms hopes to bring to their a work a spirit that is at once class, modern and heartfelt.

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

Adrian Gaut, the photographer, now living in NYC, took up photography after originally studying as a painter. This art historicism becomes obvious through this series. As a student, Gaut found inspiration in the rich tradition of minimalism in 20th century painting, which informed his early photographic explorations of architecture.

Dan Fink Studio Still Life Photography

The artist perfectly collaborates with Dan Fink Studio, both paying homage to the sharp lines of architecture and curvature of brushstrokes in art. I also have a special place in my heart for the clever and vaguely masculine design studio because I have many relatives with the surname FINK in my family!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win $100 toward vintage home decor! HERE.

Chairish Giveaway

Chairish should be your first click and one-stop-shop for all things vintage and pre-loved.  The site is an online consignment marketplace that makes it a breeze for design lovers to buy and sell pre-owned decor to one another.  The person-to-person shop features exclusively curator-approved treasures.

New York Chairish Collection from The Walkup

And for those fellow Manhattanites, Brooklynites and New York City area friends, Chairish even features the latest local finds from nearby sellers for convenient pickup.

Job changes, moves, renovations, style changes – there are many people who have exquisite home furnishings to sell that are perfectly lovely, but just don’t work in their homes aesthetic anymore. Until now, we thought our consignment shopping was pretty much relegated to clothing (vintage Ferragamo capes, anyone?) and accessories. Enter Chairish.

Chairish and The Walkup inspired by Moonrise Kingdom Set Still by Wes AndersonThe Walkup’s collection at Chairish is inspired by set stills from Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. Plaid stairs, a rose patterned rug, a french horn case, striped sofa and midcentury meets Victorian details. 

Ever love a chair so much that you’ve come to cherish it? Chairish’s mission is to make the world more beautiful, one room at a time and to help design aficionados to save people money in the process.  Who doesn’t love  a good pun concept?

Chairish and The Walkup Giveaway

Like a patchwork quilt, these seemingly disparate items from various genres and years all work together.
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Chairish is generously hosting a giveaway to introduce The Walkup readers to their site — a $100 gift card towards any purchase at Chairish. Perhaps treat yourself to items from my Wes Anderson inspired collection or anything at all that strikes your fancy from an inventory of pre-owned, unique pieces!
Here’s how to win… 
  1. Visit the giveaway page and enter your email address.
  2. Go to the Chairish site and take a look around! Might I recommend my Wes Anderson inspired collection?
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite item.
One (1) winner will be chosen on January 10 at 11:59 ET. Open to US readers only. This post in partnership with Chairish, all opinions are my own.
Did you know that you can also shop vintage easily, and on the go, using the Chairish iPhone App found here?
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Tappan Collective

Tappan Collective makes it possible to buy original art, paintings, photographs and more from emerging artists. Founded by LA natives, who also happen to be an artist and art historian, the website provides expertly curated collections. The founders, Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein, named the company after a place of joint study, Michigan’s Tappan Fine Arts Library, within those walls, the two developed their understanding and love for arts and culture.

YES! You CAN buy great pieces of art for under $100.

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original ArtI Love You Too by Michael Gittes // Nathalie by Gia Coppola // Diesel Truck Stop by Zoe Freilich

The pair quickly realized the lack of opportunity for emerging artists. Many of their talented friends, fresh out of art school, were struggling to exhibit and sell their artwork. They’ve tapped into local art scenes across the world to exhibit a collection of cutting-edge work by the next generation of artists. The result? Effortless assemblages of stunning artwork.

Tappan Collective ArtworkFramed artworks hung beside a burlwood headboard, featuring Nathalie by Gia Coppola framed print in Michelle Adams’ bedroom, Lonny Magazine

In addition to helping one discover artists, Tappan Collective also attempts to make collecting art more accessible to everybody, in various socioeconomic degrees. Prices for works on the site are reasonable, some starting under $100. And because framing art can be a big deterrent from buying it, you can choose to have the work framed when you purchase it. I bought prints several years ago that still remain unframed in my closets. Whoops. The errand takes more time that you would think!

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original Art
Fort Point, San Francisco, California by Isaac Zoller // A Well Of Living Water by Brandy Eve Allen perched on the bookshelf with stacks of vintage National Geographics in a home designed by Benjamin Vandiver.

The company has already attracted a celebrity following. Among Jonah Hill’s collection of artwork by Ed Ruscha, Alex Prager and KAWS, he also likes to support emerging artists from Tappan Collective. And, how’s this for a clever-little-option? The website even has an “art advisor” button which offers art consulting services for individuals looking to start a personal collection.  They can suggest works that fit your unique aesthetic and space.

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original ArtAs a holiday gift to moi, I treated myself to two photography prints, one from acclaimed winner Matin Zad of the BOTTEGA VENETA and VOGUE New Exposure Photography Competition. Cover your bare walls, they’re naked!