What makes a pricey purchase “worth it”? The answer is different for everybody—so we’re asking some of the most stylish, shopping-savvy people we know to tell us the story behind one of their most prized—and most expensive—possessions.
Who: Ava Nirui, a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and luxury fashion bootlegger with a must-follow Instagram feed. Though she is most recognized for her experimental personal style and viral collabs, Ava admits that she has recently graduated from spending money on fashion to growing her collection of art and design. On her wish list is a Seletti wears Toiletpaper rug, Kyle Montgomery’s crystal Mary sculpture, and a Metal Blossom Stool by Tokujin Yoshioka for Louis Vuitton.
What: An oversize Garfield coffee table handmade in the 1970s that she purchased for $3,000 including shipping from Europe. The Garfield base is constructed from concrete and finished in metal, while the top is an oval glass plate. There is no designer attributed to the piece, but that is not unusual for the plethora of Garfield paraphernalia floating around the world. “Up close, the table looks clearly hand-sculpted,” says Ava. “There are imperfections in the paint and shape, which I find very charming.”
When: Like any seasoned shopper, Ava did her research before inserting the chip of her credit card. “I scoured the internet to see if another table existed and I couldn’t find anything,” she explains. “I was considering it for a while and figured I would be devastated if someone else bought it since it’s a handmade one-of-a-kind piece.” Ava proudly ‘grammed a snap of the table in her new Brooklyn apartment in early March.
Where: Ava first spotted the table on Google, and later stumbled upon it on Pamono, a Berlin-based online mecca for vintage and contemporary design.
Why: “This is a collectible piece I am planning on holding on to forever, and it will certainly increase in value over time,” says Ava. Because the Garfield piece is one of a kind, it wasn’t a tough decision for the young artist, who has a thing for bright, fun furniture. The table lives harmoniously in her living room with a Cactus Plant Flea Market rainbow rug, Prada x Verner Panton’s inflatable stool, a Seletti Wears Toiletpaper Lipstick Chair, and cushions she made with IDEA BOOKS featuring her mother’s photograph of Keanu Reeves.
Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine founded in 1920. Its principal subject is interior design, rather than architecture more generally. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, which also publishes international editions of Architectural Digest in China, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Mexico, and Latin America.