It’s not unusual to hear fascinating back stories like this from GLD’s David and Deborah Peets, who personally source each object they sell from far-flung regions. Just ask them – they’ll tell you about the women in Thailand who hand-hook carpets from cotton scraps, or the artisan in Madrid who stretches buttery leather over a delicate iron frame to make a butterfly chair packing serious duende. Natural materials and craftsmanship are essential to the Peets. “In every piece, you can sense a pair of hands on it,” says Deborah. “Every piece has soul."
SHOP HERE FOR: Eclectic, condo-sized furnishings with a Scandinavian vibe. Particularly fantastic is the banquette covered in curvy strips of baseball-stitched leather with a shocking tuft of white hair over one end ($2500), and from Pennsylvania, the minimalist sideboard made of walnut, acrylic and kirei with a laser-cut pattern of trees ($3195).
BEST BET: The kiaat-wood Nguni dining chair ($575) with its rounded back and hazel cord seat looks almost mid-century modern – surely Carl Hansen would approve. The Peets saw the chair in a magazine advertisement for a Cape Town restaurant. “It took us about 10 days to track down the designer,” laughs David.
BY PAIGE MAGARREY
PHOTO BY NAOMI FINLAY