Dubbed leaders of the “New Antiquarian” aesthetic movement by The New York Times in 2009, Hollister and Porter Hovey are recognized throughout the world of art and design as curators of classic, vintage style for the next generation. Through writing, photography, interior décor and other design projects, the Brooklyn-based sisters add a mélange of nostalgia, adventure and history to just about everything they create.
With a philosophy that interiors should reflect the experiences of their inhabitants, the Hoveys add subtle, personalized flourishes that resonate for all who enter these unique spaces. As children, the two spent countless hours treasure hunting with their mother at the flea markets and antique shops of Kansas City and inherited their father’s fascination with travel, Tintin comics and toy soldiers. They would later integrate these influences into the décor of their shared Williamsburg loft.
Since then, Hovey Design and its work have been featured in top national and international publications, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor and House Beautiful, as well as the books Rough Luxe Design and The Birding Life. The Hovey sisters' first book, Heirloom Modern (New York: Rizzoli, 2013), explores the stories behind the model ships, antique book collections, Vuitton trunks and vintage miscellany that dwell within the homes of family and friends. They have also collaborated on several design projects with Anthropologie, One King's Lane, Kumi Kookoon, and Hendrick's Gin, among other brands.