John Derian is an artist and designer who transforms printed images from the past, and in doing so transports the viewer to another world. He established John Derian Company Inc. in 1989, and his decoupage plates, platters, paperweights, coasters, and bowls are still entirely handmade in his studio in New York City, where he employs a small staff of artisans to assist with production. His designs are sold at upscale home stores, in catalogs, and at gift shops worldwide, and he has designed exclusive collections for Cisco Brothers, Astier de Villatte, Target, and more. His retail shops, studio, and homes have been featured in Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The World of Interiors, Elle Decor, and Vanity Fair, among others.
"Thick, satisfying . . . gloriously oversize. . . . A treasure
trove of inspiration, the artist's first book is an object to
--The Wall Street Journal
"Big lush pages."
--The New York Times "A feast for the eyes. . . . The book brims with untold stories."
--Wallpaper "Joyfully nostalgic. . . . An eye-popping tour of [Derian's] archives."
--Elle Decor "Destined to become a collector's item."
--Better Homes & Gardens "The quality of paper and ink used in making the book makes you feel like you're flipping through a collection of prints."
--The Houston Chronicle "This simple, beautiful book filled with nearly 300 images from the 18th and 19th centuries, defies categorization. . . . All of the oversize pages are frame-worthy."
--The Los Angeles Times "If you could bring yourself to rip out the pages and frame them, you would be able to decorate an entire apartment with this book. But having all the exotic and vintage illustrations in one place--fantastic creatures (mostly dogs), seafaring vessels (and men), far-flung gardens (and the things that grow in them)--is a warm comfort on a cold winter day."
--T: The New York Times Style Magazine "John Derian's ultimate paperweight."
--Vanity Fair "A picture book for adults: John Derian's dreamlike world fascinates. . . . We bet we'll see framed pages from this book on many walls."
--PaperCity "Gorgeously wordless."
--The Boston Globe "No words. Doesn't need 'em."
--New York Magazine "An enchanting miscellany of marvels."
--Harper's Bazaar (U.K.) "Set to triumph in this season's top coffee table book competition. . . . John Derian Picture Book contains beguiling images drawn from old prints and lithographs. . . . We suspect that some people may buy two copies, one to display and another to cut up for pictures and to decorate the walls."
--The Times (London) "Truly a must-read."
--Vogue.com "If there's one coffee-table book that's the must-have gift book of the season, this one is it. . . . Arresting, odd, and lovely images."