Welcome to our newest series on Chairish, #FoundAndChairished! We’re constantly hearing from designers who’ve found incredible pieces on Chairish, and now we’re sharing some of their stories with you. Be on the lookout for new #FoundAndChairished stories here on the blog as well as on our Instagram account.

This week, we’re catching up with Bay Area-based Benjamin Dhong, who was a Design Insider on this very blog just a few months ago. Benjamin told us about a pair of floor lamps that he just had to have, and how they lit up his home in Healdsburg (both literally and figuratively, we presume). Read on to see what he had to say, and shop his curation of Chairish favorites to get even more of his style.

What Chairish item did you buy that you’d like to share a story about?

A pair of John Dickinson-style draped plaster floor lamps

In what room did you use it? 

The living room of my weekend place in Healdsburg

In a few words, how would you describe your interior design style? 

I love a blend of traditional and modern… but always classic!

How did you find the item you bought on Chairish, and what made you choose it? Did you have a specific search or were you just browsing? 

The best finds are when I’m just wandering through and seeing what pops up! I love all things by John Dickinson so I regularly wander down that rabbit hole!

Did you know where you’d put this piece in your home when you bought it, or did you figure you’d find the right spot? 

Actually, I didn’t have a place for them for four years, but now they are the stars of my living room up at my weekend place in Healdsburg. If you love it, get it and you’ll find a home for it!

Why do you love shopping vintage? And how does sustainability factor into your choices of new products vs. vintage finds? 

Nothing adds character, soul, and authenticity into a home like vintage items. And if you’re a designer, vintage items will make your room schemes more sophisticated by adding an element of surprise that you might not otherwise have thought of.

Are there any dream vintage or antique pieces you wish you could have? 

It’s always the “one that got away.” Sometimes clients will be too slow to respond and it will already have been snatched up!

June 23, 2021

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.