For Joe and Vivian, founders of Global Home, the inspiration behind the interior design firm grew from a year spent together traveling internationally. The people they met and experiences they had, as well as the various artisan goods and merchandise they saw being assembled and distributed, propelled them to launch their own business together, aided by the knowledge they’d gained through their travels.
Many designers state travel as a source of inspiration, but for Joe and Vivian, the sentiment rings particularly true. Having been known to label their style as eclectic modern or modern international, their aesthetic is one full of texture, color, and warmth, deftly creating a sense of the rustic and sincere, yet consistently chic and elegant. We asked the couple about their style, inspiration and how they incorporate antiques in their designs.
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Joe and Vivian’s LUXList Picks
Sculptural Flair Edition Cabinet
1980’s Aurelio Lebrato Abstract Sculpture
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
INTERNATIONALLY INSPIRED, ECLECTIC, & COLLECTED not DECORATED, LUXURY DESIGN
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
History and patina created over time can not be faked (well). Our job is to tell the stories that reflect our clients’ life journeys into a 3D space. Adding antiques give spaces the feeling that they have been assembled over time. Nothing is more boring than sticking to a single period. Mixing old and new is much more interesting and organic curation to design a home.
What inspires you?
Travel, Art, Experiences and Family
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
Auntie Mame. She was a trailblazing jet-setting feminist. One of our favorite movies…because it is full of life, zany and fun.
We are Joe and Vivian of Global Home and this is our story: From January 2000 to April 2001, we embarked on a journey that changed our lives. We quit our corporate jobs in New York City, sold our belongings and traveled, with not much more than a large backpack, through 21 countries on six continents. The places we saw, the adventures we had and the people we met taught us one important lesson: we are all the same. Regardless of culture, religion, or economic status, we all want to love and happiness for ourselves, family and friends as well as the opportunity to lead productive important lives. Besides our spiritual epiphanies, we also saw LOTS of great stuff and how they were made and distributed to the world. The seed for Global Home was planted.
Upon our return from this life-altering journey, we resumed our careers.(Joe as Executive Marketing Director of Vogue Magazine, Vivian as an art director with clients such as Assouline Publishing and Martha Stewart Omnimedia). Being in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, we realized that life was too short and our next adventure had to start immediately.
We bought an old country house in Sullivan County, New York, fixed it up and got married there. We fell in love with country living and saw the chance to follow another dream. While living a quiet life in the country, we could hop around the world.
That was how Global Home was born. Nestled in our small resort town in upstate New York, we began selling imported furniture and home decor from around the world. Our aim is to capture the feeling of what we discover during our travels and reinterpret it into an environment in which our customers can easily see how to incorporate it into their own homes. We sell a style that is internationally inspired yet fresh. We like to call it “Modern International”.
As our family grew, so did our business. Global Home has opened four brick and mortar locations and has become the e-resource for uncommon finds and objects from remote places, made-to-order upholstered furniture and luxury items that make a home special.