I wish I could take credit for the mashup of words in the title but alas it is the New York TImes T Magazine writer Lynn Yaeger. She is affectionately describing the entire floor of an 1850s East Village building that designer of idiosyncratic home wares John Derian calls his own. His apartment has undergone a makeunder of sorts. “Derian is anxious to execute his nonrenovation renovation, a series of serious tweaks that will respect — revere, even exult! — the spirit of the artists, the garment workers and the other long-vanished New Yorkers who were his predecessors.”
He even built a new, enclosed kitchen in roughly the same location as the original, using a 19th-century sink and countertop. The space is a mix of antiques and Derian’s own adaptations of 18th- and 19th-century pieces.