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Ask a Shop Clerk: Jeremy Floto and Josh Farley, Co-Founders

WRK Design, 32 Prince St., nr. Mulberry St.; 212-947-3281.

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What drew you to vintage furniture?
Floto: We both grew up in small towns working on construction projects.
Farley: It helps us see the potential in old, falling-apart objects.

What’s your inventory like?
Floto: Everything from old typeset letters for $1 apiece to an 1890s English apothecary room divider for $5,500.

Where do you find it?
Farley:Mostly out of abandoned factories in New England, which take a lot of wrangling and hand-shaking to get inside.

Are your apartments full of this stuff?
Floto: I try to keep it pretty sparse, but Josh is a maximalist.
Farley: I have a hard time saying no.
Floto: We also have a 5,000-square-foot storage space upstate. When you go into an old factory and find 60 amazing handmade stools, you have to take them. It’s not like we’re shopping at Vitra.


See Also: Design Hunting: A First Look at the WRK Shop


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