At ELYSIAN COLLECTIVE, we believe in the power of storytelling that objects innately express.
Whether through the people behind their origins or the details of their design, objects communicate multitudes in their seemingly quiet state of being. Incorporating vintage decor among new pieces adds a signature specialty to one’s environment. Vintage is a special part of our collective, with each selection appreciated for its provenance, history, and timeless beauty. With the new year upon us, some of the best ways we can spark growth is through honoring and building upon the past.
The wonder an item can inspire is even more resounding for pieces that have life that spans beyond our own; a piece of the past that has passed through many hands to get to where it is now.
A vintage item’s value is not only in its preserved state, but also in those to whom it once belonged, in its distinctive craftsmanship, and in its reflections of a time through art and design. The imperfections that come with age beautifully showcase the mystery of the life lived before. A slight patina gives character and a warm, lived-in feeling. Whether the design has antiquated fabrication methods or an exclusive touch from the past, specialized elements create a distinguishable beauty in vintage that is rare, remarkable, and even momentous.
"Although there is excitement in all that is new, taking something one-of-a-kind home is especially intimate.”
Choosing to shop vintage is a lifestyle choice that goes beyond aesthetics; it is also one of the most environmentally conscious, thus making it one of the most rewarding. The sustainability movement is evermore of consequence and as a result many of us are increasingly mindful of our consumption and desire to shop with - or shop more exclusively with - sustainable values.
Vintage exemplifies the benefits of material circularity; something is created, used, re-used, and brought into a new life. This life cycle exists without the production of new materials which ultimately impacts the environment—often detrimentally so. From upcycling the designs or the changing of hands, these enduring objects are being constantly restored and made anew.
SOURCING VINTAGE DECOR
From outdoor flea markets to grand estate sales, there are so many ways to stumble upon old and new-world treasures. For the Elysian Collective brand, vintage pieces are sourced both locally and internationally. A truly worldly range, founders Jamie and Michael encountered exquisite arrays of antique treasures on specialized sourcing trips, including a visit to Paris’ renowned Saint-Ouen Market, a destination known to be a wonder of the vintage world. Both founders’ extensive design experience cultivated an expert perspective in finding exceptional beauty in their surroundings. Bringing that eye to finding unexpected gems on various vintage hunts added an extra layer of expertise to the selection of Elysian Collective’s secondhand offerings.
An eclectic range in many ways, our vintage spans generational decades, art and design eras, as well as places around the world. Our hand-selections encompass nearly all home realms, from textiles to furniture and decor, with each one-of-a-kind staple having the potential to create a truly unique home.
EXPLORE OUR FAVORITE VINTAGE TREASURES
Among our most adored treasures is the Italian Bamboo and Leather Slingback Settee, a relic of the 1970’s that makes for a conversational centerpiece. Evocative of the style of Tito Agnoli, it exhibits many characteristic details of the mid-twentieth century Italian luxury designs he was known for. The bent bamboo frame is finished in a rich cognac and connected with leather strapping, supporting a patinated leather sling seat with wrap-around stitching and a brass nailhead detail. Handcrafted with distinctive design and fabricated from genuine tanned leather, the settee represents an era that will live on in your cherished spaces.
A unique take on vintage and sustainability, the Turkish Striped Anatolian Hemp Area Rug is upcycled from vintage hemp fibers. Turkish villagers cultivated hemp for grain bags and produce drying mats until it was prohibited in the 1960's. Today, Anatolian weavers wash and reuse these vintage fibers in their rugs with modern designs. Crafted with generations of heritage, the rug is timeless in its history of production and cultural character, made fully from plush recycled hemp.
DISCOVER OUR VINTAGE LIGHTING
Shopping vintage opens you up to a new world within the one we live in, and exposes you to the magic in giving something a new life. There is value in creating modern traditions around the specialty of bygone objects, as finding your own heirlooms can generate new life!