A couple of years in the past, modular Featherston couches began popping up throughout Instagram in technicolour hues of lavender purple and vibrant orange. Quickly after that, it was Wassily armchairs and travertine eating tables sitting in rooms adorned with sheep-skin throws, pleated lampshades and smoked glass espresso tables with ‘80s chrome detailing. Arguably, this retro-resurgence may be attributed largely to a single Melbourne Instagram account.
Pip Newell was nonetheless at college when she by chance began Curated Areas after re-selling some eating chairs to an area Fb group with nice success.
Whereas she was getting by on a mish-mash of nannying and hospitality jobs on the aspect of a images diploma, the net world heralded a brand new age for classic furnishings. Algorithms have been actively pushing design content material, and in consequence, grids have been stuffed with inspiration pics of iconic ‘70s interiors alongside items of shoppable classic furnishings. Instagram accounts had grew to become each the moodboard and the shop, and the direct-to-consumer market grew to become dwelling to a vibrant and well-stocked group of secondhand sellers working on a first-comment-first-dibs foundation.
Main the cost was Pip. From her sharehouse in Northcote she hunted the web for kernels of furnishings goodness and ugly ducklings that others had neglected, to model, shoot and re-sell. Her wonderful eye, superhuman energy and dedication to classic aesthetics fuelled the account’s progress, which is now a nationwide on-line retailer serviced by a community of sellers and native creatives throughout the nation.
On this podcast episode, Pip guides TDF’s managing editor (and her outdated housemate!), Sally Tabart, via the previous, current and way forward for Curated Areas. It’s a superb ‘un!
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