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5 swoon worthy things: Spartan: Currie Person

Spartan: Currie Person

By Natalie Goel

You know those impeccably-edited boutiques you visit knowing you’re pretty much guaranteed to find some items you’ll obsess over? Spartan is definitely one of those spots for us. The Austin-based retailer and online shop has long been a favorite of ours for home goods with an earthy but refined feel. From under-the-radar ceramics to simple, elegant serveware to bits and bobs like tiny brass spoons, the shop is full of unexpected wares — and their pieces have made more than a few appearances on EyeSwoon!

Here, Spartan shop owner Currie Person shares a little about her aesthetic, design trend likes and dislikes. She also reveals five items currently catching her eye — including the books that serve as her color palette inspiration. (We totally see the swoony resemblance.) Check it all out below.

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NAME: Currie Person

PROFESSION: Founder Spartan in Austin, Texas and spartan-shop.com

HOME BASE: Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas

ENDLESSLY OBSESSED WITH: Scheming up my next opportunity to travel.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Beauty in quality, utility and longevity.

YOUR AESTHETIC IN 3 WORDS: Thoughtful, elegant, spartan

BRIEFLY, HOW YOU CAME TO DO WHAT YOU DO: I am a scout by nature – I love the hunt. I used to scout locations for movies, now I am always on the lookout for talented designers and new ways to manifest what we do.

WHAT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB: Freedom. Thankfully, our customers come to us for our unique perspective, so we have the freedom to follow to what excites us instead of chasing trends.

HOW AND WHERE YOU SHOP: I try to shop locally — I live in cites with lots of gorgeous, small shops. I make an effort to shop intelligently, to buy pieces that serve many functions and can endure the test of time.

Spartan: Currie Person | EyeSwoon
Spartan: Currie Person | EyeSwoon

DESIGN TREND YOU LOVE? The celebration of quality workmanship and handmade goods. Even when working with a modest budget, I am so grateful to see customers invest in something with a story — something that will last.

ONE YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? Antlers.

COLOR OR NEUTRAL? My home is neutral, my life is colorful.

WE WILL NEVER SEE white carpeting IN YOUR HOME. I am far too clumsy and I live with two rowdy boys.

DO YOU HAVE ANY DESIGN ICONS? So many! Currently I have been reading about Charlotte Perriand and Luis Barragán.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK MOST? Travel and reading — my escapes. They keep me from getting mired in the day to day of running a small business. It’s essential for me to step away so I can look at what we are doing with fresh eyes.

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Spartan: Currie Person
  1. MQuan Glazed Votive Candle Holder: “Useful for so many things in addition to candles, like corralling your jewelry by the bathroom sink or organizing odds and ends on your desk.”

  2. Claire Oswalt Paintings: “Claire Oswalt’s serene collage paintings. I love everything she does.”

  3. Peter Doig and Mamma Andersson Monographs: “I frequently reference them for color inspiration and they make great gifts.”

  4. Confetti Glassware: “Nice, heavy tumblers — this confetti glassware is festive and not too delicate to use for casual outdoor entertaining.”

  5. Kati Von Lehman Ceramic Dog Bowl: “We couldn’t find a dog bowl we liked, so we collaborated with Kati to create this handsome, sturdy piece.”

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