Decoupage, the art of pasting cut-paper shapes onto decorative objects, is the medium Derian uses to express his fondness for materials that grow more beautiful with age.
Derian has been handcrafting his designs in his East Village studio since 1989. He regularly scours flea markets for antique documents from as early as the I9th Century.
His patinaed pieces, created with combinations of multiple disparate images, are transporting, lyrical translations of time.
Old black and white prints, might be combined with a color image, and then layered with calligraphic writing onto glass plates, platters and trays to create one-of-a-kind accents.
Derian has expanded into furniture and what better way to bring the subtleties of age and the beauty of imperfection to a room than to upholster exclusively with neutral shades of linen.
Referencing 18th and 19th century English styles, his seven-piece line is minimal but traditional. Devoid of piping, nailheads trim and trendy fabrics, the upholstered seating acts as a foil to bring the old, untouched plaster walls and found objects Derian reveres forward.
Derian designs for his personal spaces with unique rhythm and pitch-perfect content. His furniture and accents contrast but speak to each other like old souls in new bodies.