October 19, 2017


Although footwear is our passion, we are always looking for unique and vintage treasures to add to our collection.


If you have ever paid a visit to our Studio, you have probably laid eyes on some of the furniture and home goods that give our permanent home it’s character. Today we are showcasing some of our favorite finds from the Studio and sharing their stories to give you the inside scoop on their unique histories. If you’re looking to add to your collection as well, send us a note at studio@peternappi.com or browse our extensive collection on Chairish.


Since 2011, we have called Germantown home to our Studio, the neighborhood in which the Germans settled in Nashville in the 19th century.  The Studio sits on the grounds of the old Neuhoff Meatpacking Plant.  They processed beef here beginning in 1895, stopping operations in 1977.  At its height, the Neuhoff plant employed over 1200 people.  Neuhoff sits on 16 acres with over 600,000 square feet under roof.  As Peter Nappi is the only space within the property open to the public, we offer a unique opportunity to visit this historical site.

Right as you walk in our Studio doors and to your left, you’ll see one of our favorites pieces.  This mirror is actually a window frame recovered from a cathedral in France.  If you look closely, you’ll notice a small section in the middle that seems to be double paned - that was the part of the window that opened.  Somewhere along the way the frame was turned into a mirror, and the result is a stunning vintage piece that is completely unique. It would look incredible at the end of a great hall--make sure you have tall ceilings though, as this frame is over 10 feet tall!



Directly to your right on entering the studio, you’ll spot a beautiful French wardrobe that we discovered in a stall in Paris’s Les Puces market.  This piece speaks for itself in size as well; it is just about 8 feet tall by 5.5 ft wide. The classic color gives this piece versatility--it would feel just as natural to see this piece in the kitchen as a pantry or the playroom for a little one’s toys as it is in our Studio displaying some of our apparel or footwear.  We even have the original key that locks the door!

Moving forward into the studio and on your right, you’ll run right into a one-of-a-kind flower counter. A piece from the early 1900s, this lower counter served as a flower bar in France.  Single stems would be available for purchase, and customers paid on an honor system by placing their coins in the coin slot, clearly visible in the center of the top.  We love fresh flowers and the idea of friends & neighbors stopping by to pick their personal favorites from a little stall.  This piece boasts a fantastic patina from use, and the open back is great for storage if you aren’t using it for flowers!


Although our stage has played host to several musicians who have graced us with their art, it’s also the home of this classic piece by Hans Olson. An iconic mid-century piece, this safari chair is truly a collector’s piece. For us, it was love at first sight- the worn leather adds warmth to the stark lines that have developed over time. This versatile chair would easily fit in among similar pieces, or stand out as a contrast piece with more modern designs.


Want to see more? Shop our collection on Chairish.com, or visit our Studio at 1308 Adams St. for more of our treasured finds.




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