What is Decoupage?

Decoupage is the art of cutting and gluing paper images to a surface. John Derian, an avid collector of antique fruit, flower, and animal prints, hand-paints borders and patterns over centuries-old ledgers and letters. He combines all these elements into charmingly eccentric collages which are reprinted and pieced together in layers under glass accessories.

John's ever expanding collection includes plates, platters, paperweights, lamps, tabletops umbrella stands, vases and more. John Derian's Designs are handmade in his studio in New York and prized by collectors around the world.

View the entire collection, here.


John’s early obsession with printed matter ultimately led him to decoupage, the art of cutting and pasting paper. Since 1989, he and a small studio of artisans in New York City have been creating glass plates, trays, bowls, and other decorative home items with imagery from his vast and ever-expanding collection of 18th and 19th century prints. His pieces are coveted and collected across the globe.


Our decoupage collections are released twice a year; take a peek into the workings of John's imagination and how a collection comes together.

John Derian Fall 2020 | MAIN FILM from NØRTH SEA AIR on Vimeo.