Overbey & Dunn
In the ever-evolving world of lifestyle merchandising, there are inevitably innovators and followers, but judging by the delighted reaction of stylists, interiorists and good old-fashioned nesters alike beating a path to the West Village’s Christopher Street, Overbey & Dunn are clearly in the former camp. Owned by ex-fashion publicist Tom Dunn and model Molly Kavanagh, the shoppable decor installation space is a veritable treasure chest of desirable, quirky vintage, and offbeat, upcycled pieces along with pre-loved clothing and ephemera, curated with a specific theme by a guest designer which changes every three to four months.
The current iteration is monikered ‘American Beauty – A Pied-á-Terre’ and edited by photographer and society philanthropist Claiborne Swanson Frank. Set against a backdrop of fiery tomato walls, the cosy store has been transformed into a cabinet of old world Americana curiosities that range from classic Lloyd Loom furniture in cobalt blue, to Sean Mellyn’s ‘White Stripes’ painted figurine lamps, native American leather and beaded garments, wooden tripod lamps and, of course, antique Stars and Stripes flags. With a supporting cast of mirrors, decanters, glasses, vases, photographs, pictures and artworks, it’s easy to see why Overbey & Dunn have become the default stop for remarkable finds and conversation pieces. Go forth and nest!