Brand Spotlight | John Derian



Since 1989, John and a small studio of artisans in New York City have been creating glass plates, trays, bowls, and other decorative home items using his vast and ever-expanding collection of 18th and 19th century prints. 
Crafted by hand with significant care, they layer cut paper images on a surface beneath glass, yielding eye-catching dimension and care thanks to the art of découpage. 
A white man stands with his arm around a petite woman with light blonde, shoulder-length hair and warm brown eyes. They're both smiling as they stand in front of a wall of glass découpage artwork highlighting botanical illustrations and prints from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, has publicly credited John with singlehandedly resurrecting this lost art, and making it highly relevant to interior design today—a feat for any artist, let alone one who'd never been formally trained.
Enamored by antiques, paper, and elements of design, John has always thrived in collaboration with others. Be they historical samples that offer inspiration, or other artists and brands collected from around the world, his work bears a fingerprint one would be hard pressed to miss.
John Derian Co., his work, and homes have been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, The World of Interiors, Elle Décor, Vanity Fair, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine, GQ, Details, W, Air France Madame, German AD and many more.
A collage of glass, découpage objects layers on top of one another. The center is an oval piece showing yellow and pink flowers while around it are various linework images of strawberries, roses, beehives, cottages and huts, and warm garden color palettes.
Words that say "What's New in our collection"
A cake stand made with a circle on top and a slender, conical base is layered with imagery of flowers, birds, and an awning. The words say "Cake pedestal. One could never find such a unique and lovely homemaking gift as this signature cake stand. Perfect for the Julia Child lover in your life."
A rectangular light switch cover features the 18th century drawing of an artichoke. Words say "Light Switch Plate Cover: John Derian's love of interior design shows in this—a final, precious touch to any room that will delight guests when they spot it."
Four paper pink poppies line a cream colored, cylinder lamp base with leaves at the bottom. The words say "Pink Poppies Cylinder Lamp, romantic and botanical yet holding the appeal of antique scientific illustration, this design works as a centerpiece to a room or as a finishing touch."
A portion of a decorative tray appears, lined with illustrated columns and women playing instruments in elegant dresses, reminiscent of an 18th century French garden. The words say, "Decorative Trays, a finely-detailed work of découpage, these trays are one of a kinds at our shop, hand-selected by Paula herself."
A purple-haired woman woven with purple, lavender, and yellow flowers stands over our Paris Market logo in an oval, glass paperweight on marble. The words say "Paris Market + John Derian, Découpage Paperweights. Years ago, a young artist working in our café collaborated with John Derian to design these intricate paperweights using his signature découpage. Find them here. Three unique designs to honor our store."
A white man lies back on a couch, a large book lain over his face. There is an eye on the cover of the book, John Derian on the spine. Above on a plain white wall is a collection of rectangular, framed illustrations from the 18th and 19th century of various brightly-colored flora and fauna.
“Trust your instincts and pay attention to what your reactions are. If there's something you love and you have a purpose for it, put those two together." 
John Derian
A collage of square and rectangular artworks in glass, featuring nautical imagery from lobsters to seashells to a red anchor at the center.
Find our full collection of John Derian objets d'art by clicking on any of the images here.
Paula hand-picked this season's collection on her last trip to New York, and she cannot wait to share them with you!
A white man and woman stand side by side in an art shop, hats hanging on one side and framed paintings on the wall behind them. She wears a white shirt, black glasses, a lock necklace with her short blonde hair pulled back. He wears a purple shirt with sunglasses tucked into the front, a baseball cap on his head. Both are smiling.
Opening Image is Excerpted from John Derian Picture Book by John Derian (Artisan Books)
© 2016, Stephen Kent Johnson
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