Friday, January 31, 2014


Photo courtesy of Vaunte
Viyet's co-founders the stylish gals Rachel Rodin and Louise Youngson-Klasfeld

There are two things most New Yorkers lack: space and time. Make the most of both and peruse Viyet, the new high-end resale site for "Pre-loved luxury pieces from New York City."  The selection, culled from Metropolitan area interior designers, those that have outgrown their space, or are looking to embrace a new design sensibility, is a varied mix of pre-approved pieces looking for a new home. Viyet, a play on the word vignette, has pieces, many of them by iconic, known brands,  from the likes of Celerie Kemble to Foley and Cox, offering a wide range of styles, from a one-of-a-kind zippy red 1970's vintage Willy Rizzo cocktail table to current Donghia lamps.
Taking the consignment model online, the company, founded by two fashion-forward savvy friends, co-founders Rachel Rodin and Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, has seen success in their full-service, curated experience,  selling to  areas like California.  New Yorkers (mostly) live in spaces that require a constant edit, to maximize the square feet at hand. Think of how many high rises exist, and how many places could use a "freshening."
Interested in working with Viyet to place your furnishings in a good home? As an interior designer, lets say you walk into a clients house and want to get rid of it all.  What to do with the pieces that might not work in your design vision? Start with a clean slate, and consign them. The group at Viyet makes it really easy way to do that. Here is how it works. Send their vetting team photos with your estimated value and name and style of the pieces. Viyet's team will then vet them for salability, and the site details the minimums. The second part of the process, if the pieces are approved,  involves sending a curator to your home to shoot and measure the assorted items. Then the images go up on the website, and they are shoppable. Viyet handles arranging the white glove pick up and delivery, taking that logistical stuff off of your hands.  Hopefully you will love what you uncover virtually, but your being happy is part of the deal, so they accept returns within 48 hours of delivery.

Look at these fabulous pieces I found yesterday while window shopping on the site:

Photos courtesy of Viyet
Inspired by the work of 20th century masters, this Alberto and Diego Giacometti style table lamp in a matte ceramic finish has such a distinctive look.

Another great lamp, a faux-shagreen obelisk,  comes from HB Home. In its former home it made the perfect desk lamp.

To add symmetry to a console a pair of substantial lamps create a nice consistency. Try these Venetian glass beauties with tailored shades from Donghia.

A 3-tiered candy apple red lacquer cocktail table from the 1970's by Willy Rizzo. I have always loved his pieces so Disco era chic.

A classic coffee table inspired by the clean lines of a Jean-Michel Frank piece in an antique white finish.

Placed beside comfortable chairs, end tables are a must, as they provide a spot for a drink or a book.   Seen above available as a pair, the bi-level antique gold Neoclassical tables with dark marble tops add  a patina to a room. They come with a mirror top, in case you want to get glam and switch out the marble.

I am always one for color, so these tuxedo arm lounge chairs from A. Rudin upholstered in a yellow fabric immediately captured my attention. The plus? They SWIVEL, better to see the TV with.

If it is designed by Bunny Williams and covered in velvet, I'm into it. Part of a limited-edition collection, upholstered in a chic olive cotton velvet with nailhead trim, this tailored 3 seater sofa is a great deal.

How gorgeous are these? Dainty in appearance but hearty in design, this set of 8 custom made dining chairs from Celerie Kemble by Celestina are wrapped in Shagreen and covered in dark grey hair on hide.  A bit Deco a bit Regency, the result is chic.

Need chairs for the dining room asap? I found these white Redford House Swedish Chairs with cane seats that can work in a city or country setting.

The Shelton Footstool with nailhead trim and x-base covered in a neutral cream leather.  An added bonus? Viyet jazzes up the product information with fun, tongue in cheek descriptions that are sure to make you chuckle.

More great yellow, this time in a traditional pair of dark wood frames in this footstool duo made by Holly Hunt. Covered in yellow silk they take on a Regency flair.

1 comment:

Karena Albert said...

Love the Holy Hunt stools in yellow, Marisa!

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