Sourcing With Ark Midcentury
From utilitarian to reworked, Ark Midcentury is a collective of stylish Mid Century, Retro and Vintage Industrial furniture curated for home and office spaces alike. Here we talk shop with founder and sourcing specialist, Jerry Dye.
What do you specialise in? And what do you look for when sourcing pieces?
Ark Midcentury specialises in furniture and industrial pieces for the home and workplace, featuring Scandinavian and English furniture from the mid twentieth century. If not in the workshop i’m always out sourcing furniture, spending time in auction houses and travelling up and down the country visiting various antique fairs. Always looking for that unique piece that catches my eye that can be passed on to the discerning customer.
What items continue to prove popular with your customers?
When sourcing pieces for the website, chest of drawers, chairs and tables are, and will be always big sellers as customers not only want their furniture to be stylish and different, they want it to be practical for everyday use.
Have there ever been any unusual requests?
I’m often requested by customers to make furniture to their specifications. Generally pieces for storage. All work is carried out by myself at the Ark workshop. Always using reclaimed vintage materials including the screws and nails! I call this process ‘Reworked’.
Why have you moved into rugs? Why do you think they would appeal to your customers?
I’ve admired rugs for a few years now and have recently decided to feature them alongside my furniture as I feel they both compliment each other very well.
Tell us a little about your sourcing process for the rugs?
Over the years I have built a strong relationship with my suppliers abroad. I always go out in person and hand select the rugs from either Morocco or Turkey. Not only do I get to know the supplier first hand I can also inspect each rug individually and get the best price to pass on to the customer. When selecting each rug I always have in the back of my mind the setting and location that these rugs may find themselves one day.
What in particular do you like about the Mid Century aesthetic?
My personal appeal towards Mid Century vintage furniture comes easily to me, it can be the sleek stylish design of a piece or just the simplicity that sits comfortably and effortlessly in many interiors. I feel any good piece of Mid Century furniture is a great timeless addition to any home.
What’s next for Ark Midcentury? Is there anything we should know about?
With Ark Im continuously trying to think of new ideas for reworked furniture and to keep up with current trends and the demands of my customers old and new. We are currently offering free delivery on all rugs to Warehouse Home readers in London and surrounding counties. Please contact Jerry directly for more information.
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