John Derian embodies all that we love at Archivast and we couldn't be more honored to have him curate our first gallery.  A long time New Yorker, John has made East 2nd St the home for his three incomparable shops where his vast line of decoupage is sold alongside antiques and home accessories sourced from around the world. A designer and shopowner since 1989, his decoupage line is still handmade in the heart of New York City's Lower East Side. Having established himself as a leader in the design trends of the past two decades John sees the life in those forgotten and lost objects he discovers at flea and antique markets around the world. In this manner John draws on the past to create and bring beauty into our lives today.  We remain in awe of his sophisticated eye and feel he's the ideal guide through the city's past found in the archives of The New York Times and the Museum of the City of New York.