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Spartan: Currie Person

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.

Spartan: Currie Person

NAME: Currie Person

PROFESSION: Founder Spartan in Austin, Texas and

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
Spartan: Currie Person

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.


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.

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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