You Can Now Buy Vintage at CB2, Thanks to a Line from Charlie Ferrer

The designer brings his flea market expertise to the masses.

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Any design enthusiast knows that the best interiors are the ones with a healthy mix: high and low, vintage and new, color and texture. Charlie Ferrer, a New York-based designer with a deft ability to create inviting rooms layered with furniture of multiple styles, is no exception. If, unlike Ferrer, you haven't had the opportunity to source one-of-a-kind decor from around the world for your home, you're in luck: The designer is bringing his best flea market finds to CB2 in the form of the company's first ever vintage collection, launching today.

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A chair by Joseph-André Motte, desk by Guglielmo Ulrich, and a Murano glass lamp.
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The line, which comprises furniture, lighting, and ceramics, allows customers an easy way to incorporate vintage items pre-vetted by a designer into their homes. It will be available in CB2 stores across the country.

"Interiors are like fashion in that they’re intimately personal," Ferrer tells House Beautiful. "Unlike fashion, though, we don’t refresh them as much, so it needs to be a thoughtful and considered process."

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A Giovanni Offredi table, Helena Tynell light, and Gigi Sabadin chair.
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Thoughtful and considered might not be the words that first spring to mind when considering today's retail landscape of quick-ship offerings, but CB2 is trying to change that. "CB2 is all about the mix, and we're inspired by combining pieces of different periods and styles," explains CB2 president Ryan Turf. "We wanted to share in the thrill of shopping vintage and bring that sense of discovery to consumers who otherwise don’t have access to European vintage design."

So, the company turned to Ferrer, who has forged close relationships with vintage dealers around the world throughout his career. "It was important to us that the pieces have provenance, so we needed a partner that understood the hunt and is an expert in the field," Turf said.

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Pottery from the line.
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Ferrer quickly proved his expertise: The designer reached out to contacts in Berlin, Milan, and Amsterdam to source a wide variety of goods—from a sculptural floor lamp to a hulking glass-and-concrete table—then took the CB2 team on a 5-day tour to make final selections.

The resulting assortment—which, like most of what Ferrer uses in his own projects, focuses on midcentury items from across Europe— is an unprecedented offering for a big box store. "You see a lot of homogeneity in the marketplace," Ferrer says. "I think CB2 is looking to give their customer something more unique and original with a certain point of view."

Plus, he points out, "we’re in a time where there’s a lot of waste." He recalls a quip his friend, designer Miles Redd, once made: "There are more than enough beautiful things in the world, so why not take advantage of that?"

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A sculptural chair by Franco Albini.
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Each of the items that eventually made it into the line got, as Ferrer recalls, "a little TLC," ranging from a new coat of wax to reupholstery. But rest assured, they've still got their vintage charm: "It didn't feel consistent with either of their brands to bring things in, call them vintage, but make them new—buffed and waxed to pristine perfection," Ferrer says. "We wanted everything to have some character."

While the line is not cheap—prices range from $999 for a coffee table to S11,499 for a monumental wooden desk by Guglielmo Ulrich—customers are investing in timeless, substantial pieces.

Says Turf: "This vintage collection is a way to empower the CB2 customer to be collectors and edit their homes in new and informed ways.”

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